VIA| A prominent Ferguson protester who pleaded guilty to trying to burn down a QuikTrip was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Joshua Williams, who was 19 at the time of the incident, was charged with first-degree arson, second-degree burglary and stealing under $500.
Williams started a fire at the convenience store in Berkeley, Mo., on Dec. 24, 2014, during protests after a black man was fatally shot by a police officer.
Williams was a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Mo. He was profiled by MSNBC and he was even flown to Washington D.C., where he was a speaker at a rally organized by Rev. Al Sharpton.
According to reports, the QuikTrip’s surveillance cameras showed that Williams was wearing the same outfit during the arson and burglary as he was wearing during his speech in D.C.
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