Brooklyn Park Man Sentenced for Role in St. Paul Arson, Riots
A Brooklyn Park man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for his role in setting fire to a St. Paul nutrition store.
The incident happened May 28, 2020 during the riots that ensued after the murder of George Floyd involving a Minneapolis police officer.
According to court documents, Samuel Frey set fire to Great Health Nutrition on University Avenue, one of at least 1,500 businesses damaged during the unrest throughout the Twin Cities, including Brooklyn Center. While inside the store, Frey poured a bottle of hand sanitizer onto a shelving unit, then lit paper on fire and used more hand sanitizer to accelerate the flames.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel sentenced Frey to 27 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release and $33,826.64 in restitution. Frey had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit arson.
Co-defendant McKenzy Dunn, 21, of Rosemount, was previously sentenced to three years of probation and $31,578 in restitution for her role in the the incident.