First of Four Minneapolis Police Precinct Arsonists Sentenced
Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Brainerd man appeared before a federal judge in Minneapolis today and was sentenced for his involvement in the destruction of the Minneapolis Police Department Third Precinct Headquarters during the rioting that followed the death of George Floyd in late May.
23-year-old Dylan Shakespeare Robinson was given a four-year prison sentence and has been ordered to pay $12 million in restitution for his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to commit arson. He entered a guilty plea in the case in mid-December.
“On the night of May 28, 2020, Mr. 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,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk. “With today’s sentence, Mr. Robinson is held accountable for his actions.”
According to court documents, Robinson joined a crowd of hundreds of people outside the precinct headquarters the night of May 28th and later entered the building with several other people after the perimeter fence around the building was torn down. Prosecutors say Robinson lit an incendiary device that another person threw into the building. The original criminal complaint against him was largely based on social media posts of videos and photos of the incident.
Three other men have also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson for their involvement in starting the fires that destroyed the Third Precinct building. 27-year-old Bryce Michael Williams, 25-year-old Davon De-Andre Turner, and 23-year-old Branden Michael Wolfe, 23 are currently awaiting sentencing.