“Matthew Rupert, 29, of Galesburg, Ill., has been sentenced to nearly 9 years in federal prison after being convicted for his actions during the Minneapolis riots. Not only did he commit arson, but he was also stupid enough to brag about it on social media. It’s just a shame that more BLM/antifa rioters don’t get the same sentence. He will now have plenty of time to lay around and contemplate the tragedy which is his life.
Andy Ngo is reporting that Rupert was handing out explosives and he personally set a store on fire.
Ngo reported that this is the longest sentence handed out to a rioter so far:
“Convicted #BLM arsonist Matthew Lee Rupert drove more than 400 miles from Illinois to riot in Minneapolis on 28 May, 2020. In addition to handing out shell explosives to rioters, he doused lighter fluid over a pile of boxes inside a store & set it on fire.”
Breaking: Matthew Rupert, 29, of Galesburg, Ill., has been sentenced to nearly 9 years in federal prison after being convicted for his role in the Minneapolis BLM-Antifa riots last year. He handed out explosives & set a store on fire. This is the longest sentence for a BLM rioter pic.twitter.com/Waj0vt4kXf
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 10, 2021
U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk revealed:
“Matthew Rupert chose to drive more than 400 miles from his home in Illinois to Minnesota to engage in violence and destruction, all while broadcasting it for the world to see. A peaceful protest was not on his agenda. Arson, looting, property damage, and the glorification of it, will not be tolerated. Today, justice has caught up with Mr. Rupert as he must now account for his crimes.”
Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis field office celebrated the sentence of yt another arsonist who burned the city of Minneapolis out.
Paul said in a statement:
“Mr. Rupert made his way to Minneapolis for the express purpose of instigating lawless behavior on our local streets. He demonstrated no purpose other than endangering peaceful protests by actively encouraging violence against law enforcement and personally destroying community businesses. Together with our local partners, FBI, Minneapolis, and ATF St. Paul continues to hold indifferent criminals like Mr. Rupert accountable for their dangerous and divisive criminal conduct in the Twin Cities.”
Last month, 26-year-old Minnesota man Montez T. Lee Jr. admitted to setting a local pawnshop ablaze while rioting last May to protest the death of Floyd.
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A 30-year-old man was later found inside the burned-down shop, though Lee is claiming through his defense team that he’s not responsible for the death.
“Prosecutors are contending that federal sentencing guidelines call for Lee to receive a prison term ranging from 17½ to 20 years,” the Star Tribune reported. “The defense calculates a term of five years.”
The BLM riots that exploded across the nation last year resulted in the deaths of dozens and billions of dollars in damage.