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Date: 11-07-2022

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United States of America v. Martino Jamel Andrews

Case Number: 1:20-cr-00508

Judge: Solomon Oliver, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Cuyahoga County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Cleveland, Ohio criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to commit arson in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371.

On May 30, 2020, Martino Jamel Andrews, 24, and others sought to vandalize and set fire to a van owned by the Cuyahoga County Division of Public Works near the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland following a demonstration to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Court documents state that Andrews and others first vandalized the van by striking it with a baseball bat before using a rag to start a fire inside the van. Evidence in the record showed Andrews taking the burning rag, stuffing it into the vehicle’s fuel tank, watching the van erupt into flames, and posing for pictures near the burning wreckage. Court documents state that the vehicle ended up completely engulfed in flames, destroyed, and unsalvageable.

Investigators later identified Andrews thanks, in part, to tips received from the public after images and video were released to the media.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Cleveland Division of Police. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam J. Joines.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 41 months custody of the Bureau of Prisons; fine waived; 3 years supervised release, with standard and special conditions; $100 special assessment; $3,721.88 restitution

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