Tennessee-based BLM arsonist sentenced to 5 years in prison

Many Americans were appalled in 2020 to see Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters spark violent riots following the death of George Floyd. This week, one of the perpetrators of the violence learned that he’ll face serious consequences, including a five-year prison sentence, Fox News reports

According to Fox News, a Tennessee man was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for attempting to burn down Nashville’s City Hall.

ID’ed by chest tattoos

The outlet reported that 26-year-old Wesley Somers was arrested in May of 2020 by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on state arson charges.

However, Somers was later indicted by federal authorities for malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives.

“On May 30, 2020, scores of local, state and federal law enforcement officers stood ready to protect the Constitutional right of every citizen to engage in peaceful protests,” said Mark H. Wildasin, who serves as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

“Unfortunately, Somers and others interfered with a lawful assembly and resorted to violence and destructive behavior, which resulted in significant property damage and placed many at risk of harm,” Wildasin continued.

“We will always defend the right of every individual to exercise their First Amendment liberties but will not tolerate the actions of those who choose to exploit peaceful protest by resorting to violence and intimidation,” he concluded.

Fox News noted that Somers could be seen shirtless in a number of video clips and photos of the crime, allowing him to be identified via his prominent chest tattoos.

Backlash over light sentence

Somers is far from being the only person to set fires during the riots of 2020, with other attacks sometimes turning deadly.

Fox News reported last month that Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R) sent a letter to the Department of Justice demanding to know why Montez Terriel Lee Jr. was only given a 10-year sentence for setting a fire that killed a father of five.

“It would appear that Mr. Lee is enjoying the benefits of kid-gloved, preferential treatment in this case because he committed violence in furtherance of the preferred political views of your office and the current administration,” Roy wrote.

“The United States Attorney’s Office in Minnesota filed a sentencing brief that read exactly like the defense lawyers’ brief,” he added.

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