Judge calls man who torched police station ‘a good person who made a terrible mistake’

Judge calls man who torched police station ‘a good person who made a terrible mistake’


The last of four men who pleaded guilty in the torching of a Minneapolis police station in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death has been sentenced by a judge — who called him a “good person who made a terrible mistake.”

Bryce Michael Williams, 27, a former college hoopster and social media influencer, was sentenced by a federal judge to two years and three months behind bars and ordered to pay $12 million in restitution for the damage, the Star Tribune reported.

US District Judge Patrick Schiltz on Monday called him a “good person who made a terrible mistake,” which is why he imposed a shorter prison sentence than prescribed by federal guidelines.

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But Schiltz turned down Williams’ request for probation, describing him as a leader — “not a follower” — in the violent mob that burned the police station during riots, according to the news outlet.

Williams was among the hundreds of people who gathered outside the precinct on

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