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TikTok influencer gets 27 months in prison for role in burning of Third Precinct during George Floyd unrest

The popular social media user was seen on video holding a Molotov cocktail as it was being lit.

The fourth and final defendant facing federal arson charges over the burning of the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct was sentenced Monday.

Bryce Michael Williams, a TikTok influencer from Staples, Minnesota, was ordered to pay $12 million in restitution and will serve 27 months in prison for his actions at the police station on May 28, 2020, in the wake of George Floyd's murder, the U.S. District Attorney's Office announced.

The 27-year-old Williams was charged last June with conspiracy to commit arson. He pleaded guilty in November of 2020. 

The charges say Williams can be seen in surveillance video, inside the fence that had been surrounding the precinct, holding a Molotov cocktail as another co-conspirator lit the wick. (That co-conspirator, Davon De-Andre Turner, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, with charges claiming he could be seen entering the precinct building with the explosive.) Williams was also accused of throwing a box on an existing fire near the precinct's entrance.

Authorities also said they were able to identify Williams thanks to TikTok videos he had posted on May 28 and 29, in which he was wearing the same clothing as in the surveillance footage from the Third Precinct.

His sentence, according to the Star Tribune, was actually lower than federal sentencing guidelines, with the judge citing Williams' model behavior and good-faith efforts since his arrest.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk noted that, with Monday's development, all four individuals facing federal charges related to the "the burning and near total destruction of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building" have been sentenced. 

Like Williams, the other three were ordered to pay $12 million in restitution, but they received longer prison sentences of 48, 41 and 36 months.

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