Man Sentenced For Torching Dakota County Government Building
St Paul (KROC AM News) - A man who admitted setting fire to a Dakota County government building has been sentenced to prison for several years and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution.
The act of arson took place during the George Floyd riots and unrest in the Twin Cities in late May.
Sentenced in federal court in St Paul Wednesday was 33-year-old Fornandous Henderson of Savage.
He was given a 78-month prison sentence with three years of supervised release. His restitution totals $205,872.53.
Prosecutors say Henderson and another man took part in the May 29th incident at the building in Apple Valley.
According to the US Attorney:
“ Henderson told police that he chose the WSC as a target for this arson because he had previously made court appearances at that building and because he was angry with law enforcement regarding the recent death of George Floyd. Using baseball bats, HENDERSON and the co-defendant broke multiple windows at the WSC and threw in multiple, lit Molotov cocktails. Some of these devices successfully ignited and caused fire damage to the WSC. The attack caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.”
The two men “also started and attempted to start other fires at the building by pouring ignitable liquids and throwing unlit Molotov cocktails in and around the broken windows, then attempting to start the fluids on fire."
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