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Man Sentenced To Nearly 9 Years In Prison For Torching Store During 2020 BLM Riots

•, by Tyler Durden

Matthew Lee Rupert was sentenced to 105 months in prison approximately four months after pleading guilty to arson.

Rupert will also serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

According to court documents, Rupert posted a video on his Facebook page showing him passing out explosives to others while encouraging people to hurl them at law enforcement officers during a riot in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late May 2020.

The footage also showed Rupert actively damaging property, lighting a building on fire, and looting businesses, authorities said.

After lighting a Sprint store on fire, Rupert said, "I lit it on fire." And before entering a nearby Office Depot, he stated, "I'm going in to get [expletives]."

The next day, Rupert traveled to Chicago and filmed himself looting there. Rupert was arrested in Chicago in the early morning of May 31.

Rupert's girlfriend later told law enforcement that he traveled to Minneapolis to "riot." He himself described his intention to go to Chicago to "riot this [expletive]."