A man convicted of attempting to set fire to a high school during
the Black Lives Matter riots in Minneapolis following the death of
George Floyd has been sentenced to five years probation.
Mohamed Hussein Abdi, 20, was handed the probation sentence in a
U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thursday after pleading
guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, according to court documents
obtained by Fox News.
Abdi was also ordered to pay just over $34,000 in restitution to
Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul.
Court documents state that the sentence was “imposed pursuant to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.”
The presiding judge, Reagan-appointed District Court Judge David S.
Doty, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox
Abdi was arrested in June 2020, a month after he entered the high
school through a broken glass door during the Floyd riot and could
be seen on security footage pouring liquid from a white container
onto the floor and then into a trashcan. Abdi then took a liquid-
soaked garment and sent fire to the trash can before running away as
flames and smoke began to spread.
It has been estimated that rioting across the nation following
Floyd’s death destroyed over $1 billion worth of property.
More than 1,500 businesses in the Minneapolis St. Paul area were
damaged or destroyed during the riots totaling roughly $500 million