Man Who Blazed Police Station In George Floyd Riot Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison, $12 Million In Restitution

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A Minnesota man who helped stoke the fire at the Minneapolis Police Department precinct during the riots that erupted following George Floyd’s death was sentenced, according to the Justice Department. 

Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Prosecutors said he lit a Molotov cocktail that another person threw toward the police station. Robinson was sentenced to four years in federal prison (RELATED: Man Arrested In Colorado For Allegedly Lighting Molotov Cocktail Used To Blaze Minnesota Police Precinct)

Robinson was ordered to serve two years of supervised release and pay $12 million in restitution for the damages caused by the fire. Prosecutors said he tore down a fence around the building.

Robinson was arrested in June mere weeks after he lit the incendiary device at the riot on May 28.

Protests and violence erupted after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin was found guilty on April 20 of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk said that Robinson “chose to depart from lawful protest and instead engaged in violence and destruction.”

“The arson at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct put lives at risk and contributed to widespread lawlessness in Minneapolis,” Folk added, according to the Justice Department’s statement.

A man walks past a liquor store in flames near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Three co-conspirators also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

Bryce Michael Williams, 27, bragged on social media about being among the first people at the burning of the precinct, and authorities say he was captured on video near the precinct’s entrance holding a Molotov cocktail on May 28. 

Brandon Michael Wolfe, 23, took several items from the precinct including a 9mm pistol magazine, police radio, and riot helmet, prosecutors said

The third co-conspirator, Davon De-Andre Turner, 25, was accused of lifting a Molotov cocktail and bringing it into the precinct to start a fire. 

More than 480 people were arrested in Minneapolis and St. Paul the weekend following Floyd’s death, according to WCCO