The man police say is responsible for setting a CVS pharmacy ablaze in Baltimore during protests sparked by the death of an unarmed Black man in police custody has been sentenced to four years in prison.
According to NBC News, Raymon Carter pled guilty to a federal charge of rioting that resulted in the April 27 blaze. Footage of the fire was used for weeks in the coverage of Freddie Gray’s death. Gray died in April from a spinal cord injury while in the custody of six officers. All six were arrested and charged in the unlawful arrest and death of the 25-year-old.
The first trial for the officers is set to begin at the end of this month.
Carter, who admitted to police he intentionally set the fire during the looting of the store, will also have to pay $500,000 in restitution, NBC News writes.
“Ordinary citizens concerned about their neighborhood helped to catch Raymon Carter after he participated in the riot,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.
The investigation into the CVS fire and other fires set during the unrest are still continuing, the Department of Justice said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to convictions.
Carter was arrested two months after the incident. The fire reportedly caused $1 million in damages.
SOURCE: NBC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Baltimore Police/ATF
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