Man sentenced for his role in city riot

Sean Michael Grier, 37, of 614 Thomas Ave., recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine to 23 1/2 months county prison for his part in a riot on the 600 Block of Wildwood Boulevard last September.

Two rival groups numbering 14 in total arranged to meet “so that the members of each of these groups could pair up and fight each other,” according to the police affidavit.

The fight started over a disagreement between Marissa Floyd and Sarah Houser. At first, the two women were the only ones fighting.

But when Floyd got the upper hand on Houser, Tanner Blanksby intervened, pistol-whipping Floyd in the face, according to the affidavit.

At that point, an all-out riot broke loose between Floyd’s and Houser’s friends.

Police dispatched to the area after receiving a report of gunfire.

When they arrived, witnesses said that people fled the scene and several were injured. Bullet casings were found in the street, according to the affidavit.

Victims injured in the riot showed up at the Williamsport Hospital for treatment. Among them was Ty Kinney, 20, who Grier had stabbed multiple times, according to affidavit.

Grier himself was treated for blunt force trauma to the head and face, according to the affidavit.