QUINCY (AP) — Two people charged with blocking a busy Boston-area highway during the morning commute last year, causing miles-long backups that prevented ambulances from reaching hospitals, have pleaded guilty but avoided jail time.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Nelli Routsalainen, of Finland, formerly of Boston, and 24-year-old Jeremy Bingham, of West Virginia, formerly of Arlington, pleaded guilty Friday to willful obstruction of an emergency vehicle.

Nelli Routsalainen arraigned after I-93 protest in Milton. (WBZ-TV)

Nelli Routsalainen arraigned after I-93 protest in Milton. (WBZ-TV)

Both were sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.

Prosecutors had asked for a three-month jail sentence.

They were among 11 people charged with blocking Interstate 93 in Milton on Jan. 15, 2015. Some chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels.

Black Lives Matter said at the time the protest was intended “to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people.”

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