Florida man jailed for attacking man in 'Minions' costume on Daytona Beach boardwalk

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 12:03:51-05

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for attacking another man who was dressed as one of the short yellow characters from the "Minions" film.

In a statement, the State Attorney's Office for Florida's 7th Judicial Circuit said 26-year-old Ryan Nihart of Citrus County pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief for the July 8 attack.

Police said Nihart knocked over and kicked Jamie Roehm on Daytona Beach's boardwalk. Roehm was dressed as one of the "Minions" characters — who are also in the "Despicable Me" films — to promote a local business.

Nihart was sentenced to 10 days in jail, followed by a year of probation. The state attorney's office said Nihart also was ordered to pay for damage to Roehm's costume and enroll in a "moral recognition therapy course."