WASHINGTON — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to setting fire to a CVS Pharmacy during the Baltimore riots in April.
Raymon Carter pleaded guilty to rioting and arson, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein announced.
He faces four years in prison as part of the plea deal.
According to Carter’s plea agreement, he used a telephone to talk about his plans to go to the scene of the riots that erupted after Freddie Gray’s funeral on April 27.
Carter was captured on surveillance video setting fire to drugs on the shelves at the CVS and attempting to move and open a safe with drugs inside.
He admitted that his intent was to start a fire and that he used paper products from that area of the store to set the fire.
Authorities say the total loss for the building is estimated at $1.1 million. As part of his plea agreement, Carter will be required to pay restitution, with the exact amount of restitution to be determined at sentencing.
“The most important aspects of this case are that Raymon Carter will be punished for participating in the riot and that ordinary citizens concerned about their neighborhood helped to catch him,” said Rosenstein. “Federal law prohibits people from traveling across a state line or using a telephone to participate in a civil disturbance that involves acts of violence, and this case sends a message that we intend to use it. Anyone who considers participating in a riot should know that police, prosecutors and citizens will track them down and send them to prison.”
Carter’s sentencing is set for Nov. 17.
Authorities say they are still investigating arsons that occurred on April 27 and anyone with information is urged to call the ATF hotline, 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473). ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individual responsible for these incidents.
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