BLM rioter gets five years' probation after pleading guilty to trying to burn down high school

The rioter was also fined more than $34,000.
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Man holds Black Lives Matter sign as police car burns during protest, Atlanta, May 29, 2020
Man holds Black Lives Matter sign as police car burns during protest, Atlanta, May 29, 2020
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Mohamed Hussein Abdi, a 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty to trying to burn down a high school during the George Floyd riots in May 2020, was sentenced to five years' probation on Thursday. 

He received the sentence on Thursday in a U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, Fox News reported based on court documents. 

Abdi was also fined more than $34,000, which he was ordered to pay to Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul, where he had started the fire. 

He was arrested in June 2020, after security camera footage caught him entering the school through a broken glass door during the riot and pouring liquid from a white container onto both the floor and into a trash can. Abdi set the fire and then ran away as the flames and smoke spread, the news outlet reported. 

The judge who presided over the case was Reagan-appointed District Court Judge David S. Doty, and Abdi was sentenced according to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. 

The federal law "permits an individual to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment or probation and a fine, and to receive additional sanctions," which include "forfeiture for certain racketeering crimes and drug-related offenses," restitution for property damage or bodily injury, and in cases of fraud or deception, a notice order to victims.