COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Probation is ending early for 23-year-old Tommy DiMassimo.
You might remember DiMassimo as the protester who rushed the stage at a Donald Trump event in the Dayton-area back in March. A federal judge cut his one-year probation short on Thursday, based on his probation officer’s recommendation without objection from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“I was happy to see that they did let me go,” said DiMassimo.
He talked to NBC4 via FaceTime from his hometown in Powder Springs, Georgia.
“You see a bully on the playground, you check him and put him in time out,” said DiMassimo.
He said he wanted to rush the stage for this reason: “Specifically at that point in time, every week when you turned on TV you saw another person of color being assaulted at Trump rallies.”
He said he believes his actions helped stop violence at Trump rallies on the campaign trail.
“One individual protesting by themselves and the images that are captured out of that have huge transcendent power,” said DiMassimo describing photos of him being restrained by secret service and police. “For me to have gone through all of that and still be breathing, still be alive, that’s why I keep that up there because it just reminds me how real God is.”
He said he doesn’t have any plans for the future demonstrations, but encourages others to make their voices heard.
“Keep pushing, make your state a better place,” said DiMassimo. “It literally comes from action, either you’re doing something or you’re not. There’s no in-between.”
He was fined $250 back in July and plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of illegally entering a restricted area.