Michael White, the man at center of Rittenhouse stabbing case, faces judge again

Kristen Johanson
February 19, 2020 - 3:17 pm
Michael White walking out of court.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The man at the center of the Rittenhouse stabbing case was back in court Wednesday morning, pleading guilty in a bike theft case that happened months before the stabbing death of Sean Schellenger.

Michael White admitted to the judge he used bolt cutters to steal a University of Pennsylvania police bike in November 2017, more than six months before the Rittenhouse stabbing death of Schellenger.

The bike had a GPS tracking device, which is how police officers found it a few blocks away on Penn’s campus with White and two others.

White was first placed into a court diversion program because it was the first time he was arrested. But because of his arrest in the Schellenger case, charges were reinstated.

Related: Michael White sentenced to 2 years probation in Rittenhouse stabbing case

Judge Kia Scott sentenced White to two years probation, with one year to run concurrent with the tampering with evidence conviction for throwing the knife used in the Schellenger case on to a roof.

Though the courtroom was packed with supporters for White in the Rittenhouse case, only his attorneys were present for this open plea.  

A few members of the Schellenger family were also there, upset with the judge's decision of a probation sentence.

The defense argued for probation only since it was his first arrest, and not the maximum 15 years he could have faced for all the charges.

Prosecutors made no recommendations on sentencing, and said they’d leave it up to the judge.

White was acquitted of any criminal wrongdoing in the Schellenger stabbing death in July 2018.