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Man sentenced to five years after admitting to lighting grocery store on fire

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after admitting to lighting a fire inside the Ferguson Supermarket, Inc. last year after the night the grand jury announcement was made by Robert McCulloch.

Antonio Whiteside, 26, pled guilty to one count of attempted arson in April.

In surveillance video from inside the store, Whiteside is seen spraying several boxes with lighter fluid and starting a fire, according to police. After the fire begins, an unknown man uses milk to put the flames out. Whiteside's lawyer said his client got scared and told someone to put the fire out.

“He is a decent kid that got caught up in the emotion and mob-type action, which we know about in this country what happens with mob activity and he got caught up with that, that's pretty much it,” Rodney Holmes, Whiteside's attorney, said.

Whiteside had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and St. Louis County police had been working together since the rioting on Nov. 24, 2014.

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