A man who pushed a bucket into a fire at the Minneapolis Police District during protests and unrest after George Floyd’s death was sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Branden Michael Wolff, 23, of St. Paul, was also ordered to pay $ 12 million in compensation, the Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday.
“Mr. Wolf’s devastation happened in Minneapolis last summer by filling a fire,” Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk said in a statement.
Four people were charged with arson on May 28 at the third district, and all pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to arson.
Last week, Brainerd̵7;s 23-year-old Dylan Shakespeare Robinson was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to repay $ 12 million in damages.
The fire on the grounds came days after Floyd’s murder by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, who knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was on the floor and handcuffed. Chow Win was found guilty of manslaughter last month.
Hundreds of people were outside the district during the protests. Someone else lights up But Wolf pushed the barrel and stole equipment, including police vests, riot hats, radios and baton.
Wolfe was sentenced on Tuesday to three years and five months in prison. He confessed in December.
Email requests for comment from the federal defender representing him were not immediately returned on Wednesday night.
The lawyer, Douglas Olson, asked to repay the $ 12,000, writing that Wolf pushed the bin into the debris outside the district and did not set any fires.
“For this reason, the losses The defendants’ ‘approximate’ are so minimal, as are the losses incurred to him for the purpose of indemnification, ” Olson wrote.
He also argued in pre-trial court documents that Wolfe suffered from untreated bipolar disorder, which resulted in more manic behavior under effect. Impact of marijuana and alcohol, and he made a decision just seconds to push the bucket.