The two lawyers accused of throwing a Molotov Cocktail at a police car during the George Floyd riots, pleaded guilty last October and faced up to ten years in prison.
Now federal prosecutors in New York are seeking a reduced sentence for the pair for some reason.
Danielle Wallace reports at FOX News:
Feds seek dramatically reduced sentence for NYC ‘Molotov cocktail lawyers’ in 2020 attack on NYPD vehicle
New York City federal prosecutors are seeking a dramatically reduced sentence of about two years for two Brooklyn lawyers accused of firebombing an NYPD vehicle during riots that erupted after George Floyd’s death in May 2020 as part of a new plea deal disclosed in court documents Tuesday.
In a letter filed Tuesday, prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, both attorneys from Brooklyn, agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit arson. Under the deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend an 18- to 24-month sentence, but a judge could still impose the maximum sentence of five years behind bars.
That’s down from the government’s previous plan to see a 10-year sentence with terrorism enhancement, discussed in an October 2021 Brooklyn federal court hearing during which Mattis and Rahman each previously pleaded guilty to one count of possessing and making a destructive device.
The original indictment included a 40-year mandatory minimum count and Mattis and Rahman risked a punishment of life imprisonment, according to N.Y. Daily News. The duo spent weeks in jail following their initial arrest on May 30, 2020, but have been on home confinement for most of the past two years.
The New York City Police Benevolent Association released this statement in response:
PBA Statement on Reduced Sentence for ‘Molotov Cocktail Lawyers’
Federal prosecutors are reportedly seeking a reduced sentence for two attorneys who are pleading guilty to firebombing an NYPD vehicle in Brooklyn in 2020.
PBA President Patrick J. Lynch:
“There is absolutely no justification for lowballing the sentence for an anti-police terrorist attack. It’s bad enough that these dangerous criminals have been allowed to sit at home for the past two years. Handing them a below-guidelines sentence would give a green light to other anti-police radicals who seek to advance their cause through violence. The judge must reject this request.”
It’s a good thing these two didn’t walk through the Capitol on January 6th. They’d currently be in jail, rather than home confinement, and no one would be asking for leniancy on their behalf.
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