A ‘Good Person Who Made A Terrible Mistake,’ Judge Says Of Man Who Torched Minneapolis Police Station With Molotov Cocktail

A ‘Good Person Who Made A Terrible Mistake,’ Judge Says Of Man Who Torched Minneapolis Police Station With Molotov Cocktail


It was a mistake anyone could have made, really.

Bryce Michael Williams, 27, pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Minneapolis police station as part of the riots that sprung up across the country following the police-involved death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. On Monday, Williams was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for his crime. He was also ordered to pay $12 million in restitution for the damage, according to the Star Tribune.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz, while sentencing the social media influencer for the crime, referred to Williams as a “good person who made a terrible mistake.” Because of this, Schiltz indicated, Williams would receive a shorter jail sentence than recommended in federal guidelines and that was imposed on other defendants.

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Williams, who taped himself rioting and posted it to social media, gaining more than 150,000 followers on TikTok, had requested probation for his role in setting fire to the police station. Schiltz denied the request,

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