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Wayzata man gets prison for arson of Wells Fargo during riots

Marc Bell Gonzales was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday.
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A Wayzata man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for his involvement in the arson of a Wells Fargo bank in south Minneapolis during the civil unrest last summer.

Marc Bell Gonzales, 30, was sentenced to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release in U.S. District Court Wednesday for conspiracy to commit arson.

According to court documents, Gonzales, along with others, set fire to a Wells Fargo bank on 3030 Nicollet Ave. South on May 28 last year.

Gonzales poured gasoline on the bank to start the fire while protesters were demonstrating at the nearby Minneapolis Police Department Fifth Precinct. He admitted he intended to accelerate the fire while a crowd yelled "burn it down."

Alexander Heil, of Monticello, was also charged in the arson. Heil admitted to throwing items into the flames in an effort to get the bank to burn faster.

Heil was sentenced to more than two years in prison for the arson last month.

The Wells Fargo building was heavily damaged in the arson and has since been demolished. 

Wells Fargo has said it intends to redevelop the site along with Project for Pride in Living to include a smaller bank, affordable housing and commercial space. The redeveloped site is slated to open in 2023.  

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