Two men have pleaded guilty to charges related to the arson at Target's headquarters in Minneapolis following false rumors about a police shooting.
Shador Tommie Cortez Jackson, 24, of Richfield, and Leroy Lemonte Perry Williams, 34, of Minneapolis, both pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit arson, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota said in a news release Monday.
Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, while Williams' sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 18.
On Aug. 26, 2020, there was rioting and looting in downtown Minneapolis following the suicide of a homicide suspect on Nicollet Mall, which sparked false rumors on social media that the suspect had been shot dead by police.
Jackson, Williams and a third man – Victor Devon Edwards, 31, who has also been charged in connection to the arson at Target headquarters – went to Target's headquarters where dozens of people had gathered, the U.S. Attorney's Office says, citing court documents and their guilty pleas.
Jackson broke one of the glass doors using a construction sign and the three men, along with other people, went inside, the release says. Jackson and Edwards then intentionally set a fire on the counter inside the mailroom. Jackson also tried to light a second fire in the room.
The men then left out the same door, but Williams went back inside and tried to light a fire inside the building entrance before leaving, authorities say.