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Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for burning 7-Eleven during riot after George Floyd's death

Investigators said he lit a fire that eventually burned out in the store and spraying lighter fluid that helped spread the fire that burned the store down
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St. Louis firefighters survey the damage to a 7-11 convenience store, by days light, following a fire set by rioters during the night in St. Louis on June 1. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis County man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to spreading the fire that destroyed a 7-Eleven during riots in St. Louis following the death of George Floyd.

Justin Cannamore was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and demonstrating a technique capable of causing injury during civil disorder after he admitted to spreading a fire inside a 7-Eleven.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. on June 1, 2020, as rioters made their way to the store at 17th and Pine Street. This is in the Downtown West neighborhood. 

According to a press release from U.S. States Attorney Sayler Fleming, he lit a fire that eventually burned out in the store but also spraying a bottle of lighter fluid that helped spread the fire that eventually burned the store down.

Video showed black smoke and flames coming from the business.

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St. Louis firefighters had to put out the fire while, just right around the corner, there were a couple dozen agitators.

More than 55 other businesses were looted or damaged overnight prompting then-Mayor Lyda Krewson to issue a curfew.

Days later, Cannamore was arrested by St. Louis County police while possessing a stolen revolver. 

He was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison Thursday. The case was investigated by the FBI, ATF and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.