Mark Van Bavel, MacArthur’s attorney, said that his client didn’t want to go trial because MacArthur didn’t want to return to jail “on an extended stay.” Van Bavel said MacArthur could be released as soon as Thursday, based on time served.
MacArthur made news for broadcasting online and tweeting while inside of his home during a standoff with police in December, gaining a worldwide audience of thousands. The standoff began as officers were serving a warrant for a probation violation. Extra force was brought to the scene due to tweets that the Baltimore Police Department felt were threatening. The standoff ended peacefully after more than five hours. The house is now boarded up and in foreclosure.