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Description: Cleveland, Ohio criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to commit arson.
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.
As part of the sentencing, Judge Oliver ordered Andrews to pay $3,721.88 in restitution to the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works.
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.
If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor.
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.