Man gets more than 3 years in prison for starting fire during Kenosha protest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Racine man to 40 months in prison for starting a fire that destroyed a furniture store during protests over a police shooting in Kenosha in 2020.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced 23-year-old Devon Vaughn on Thursday.

Vaughn pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to commit arson. The judge noted the Aug. 24 fire caused nearly $2 million in damage. Kenosha was in the throes of several nights of chaotic protests then after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, during a domestic disturbance.

Blake was paralyzed from the waist down. Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two men during as protests continued on Aug. 25.