Man admits setting fire after Ferguson grand jury decision

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Friday, April 24 2015 Apr 24, 2015 Friday, April 24, 2015 12:34:00 PM CDT April 24, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man could face up to 10 years in prison after admitting to setting fire to a Ferguson business following a grand jury announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Antonio Whiteside pleaded guilty Friday to one count of attempted arson for the fire that broke out Nov. 24 inside Ferguson Supermarket. Sentencing is July 23.

Brown was unarmed when he was fatally shot by Wilson in Ferguson on Aug. 9, leading to unrest that escalated the night the grand jury decision was announced.

The blaze at Ferguson Market was put out quickly, but more than a dozen businesses in the Ferguson area were destroyed in fires that night.

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