23-year old Dylan Shakespeare Robinson has been fined a staggering $12 million and will be sentenced to serve four years in prison over his role in setting fire to the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building last year in the name of “social justice.”
Robinson, was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release, according to the United States Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota. He will be expected to pay the fine after he serves his prison sentence.
“On the night of May 28, 2020, Mr. Robinson chose to depart from lawful protest and instead engaged in violence and destruction,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk in a statement. “The arson at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct put lives at risk and contributed to widespread lawlessness in Minneapolis.”
Robinson, of Brainerd, pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to commit arson. His lawyer, William Mauzy, said that his client is being unfairly singled out, adding “there is no realistic chance” he’ll be able to pay off the $12 million fine.
“He is bearing the sentence for the other thousand people who participated,” he told New York Times on Wednesday. “Many others, far more culpable than Mr. Robinson, were not identified.”
“A federal complaint accused Robinson of lighting a Molotov cocktail that another person threw toward the 3rd Precinct headquarters on East Lake Street. In addition, Robinson and others allegedly tore down a fence that surrounded the building,” The Associated Press stated.
Before that, a crowd of rioters was heard shouting: “Burn it down” multiple times in front of the building, according to authorities.
“Robinson, along with other co-conspirators, breached the fence and entered the building. Robinson, assisted by an unidentified co-conspirator, lit an object held by the unidentified co-conspirator who threw it toward the Third Precinct building with the intent that it would start a fire or fuel an existing fire,” the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Three other people have pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in the arson incident. Bryce Michael Williams, 27, Davon De-Andre Turner, 25, and Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, previously pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit arson, officials said.
Mauzy also argued that officials determined there were four dozen separate places of origin for the arson.
“That’s a lot of different people setting fires at various spots in a police station,” he said. “Mr. Robinson was unfortunately one of the few who was captured on video and identified.”
But video footage from surveillance cameras, Facebook, and Robinson’s own Snapchat account appeared to show him involved in setting the fire, according to a criminal complaint last year.
In June 2020, it was reported that damage from fires and vandalism in Minneapolis following the Black Lives Matter riots – which the mainstream media has attempted to pass off as peaceful protests to this date – amounted to over $55 million. One month later, Gov. Walz requested federal funding after riots were estimated to have caused $500 million in damage.