Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, pleaded responsible in December to at least one depend of conspiracy to commit arson. He was accused of lighting a Molotov cocktail that one other individual threw on the Third Precinct headquarters in Minneapolis.
He now faces 4 years in jail and a whopping effective for the damages to the police station — a penalty Robinson’s lawyer argues he won’t ever be capable to pay.
“On the night time of Might 28, 2020, Mr. Robinson selected to depart from lawful protest and as an alternative engaged in violence and destruction,” performing U.S. Lawyer Anders Folks mentioned, based on KSTP. “With right this moment’s sentence, Mr. Robinson is held accountable for his actions.”
Courtroom paperwork state that Robinson was current on the rioting on Might 28, 2020, when a whole bunch of protesters gathered exterior the police station earlier than tearing down a fence and breaching the constructing.
Robinson’s lawyer argues that the sentencing is designed to make his consumer pay for “the sentence for the opposite thousand individuals who participated.”
“Many others, way more culpable than Mr. Robinson, weren’t recognized,” mentioned William J. Mauzy, a lawyer for Mr. Robinson. “He had no function in throwing any Molotov cocktails or developing any or constructing any.”
“There isn’t any life like probability that he’s going to pay something however a minuscule quantity towards that,” Mauzy continued. “Not one of the defendants have a capability to pay a major sum.”
The prosecution cited surveillance video proof from the precinct and a Snapchat account that federal officers declare was utilized by Robinson, based on The New York Instances.
Three different males additionally pleaded responsible, however they are going to be sentenced at a later date.
The Related Press contributed to this report.