Man Faces Lengthy Sentence for Violent Riot

Man Faces Lengthy Sentence for Violent Riot

(ReliableNews.org) – Generally when people commit crimes they don’t take videos of themselves breaking the law. After all, there’s no better way to get charged than by willingly providing law enforcement with all the evidence it needs. That’s exactly what an Illinois man did and now he’s going to spend a long time in prison.

On August 10, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota announced the sentencing of Matthew Rupert for his role in the 2020 riots. According to the indictment filed against him, he drove 400 miles to Minnesota to engage in rioting. He posted a Facebook Live of himself giving people explosive devices, damaging property, and bragging about lighting a business (later identified as a Sprint store) on fire. Police arrested him in Chicago and he eventually pleaded guilty to civil disorder, arson, and other charges. A judge sentenced him to 105 months (almost 9 years) in prison and 3 years of supervised release.

The 2020 BLM riots cost cities upwards of a billion dollars. The rioters destroyed businesses and other buildings, looted and assaulted the police, much of which contributed to multiple deaths. Prosecutors dropped most of the charges against hundreds of rioters around the country. But in some instances, like in the case of Rupert, the victims of the violence are getting some justice.

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