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CVS Arsonist Pleads Guilty

September 16th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Raymon Carter, the man ATF officials say was seen on video setting the fire that destroyed the CVS on Pennsylvania and North Avenues during the April riots in Baltimore, has pleaded guilty in federal court. Carter, who is 24-years-old, pleaded guilty to one count of arson, in an appearance before U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Hollander.

He could face up to 20 years in prison, when he is sentenced on November 17.

 “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 U.S. Attorney Rod J. 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.”

The fire was set as the store was being looted.

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