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Five-Year Sentence For Arson Fire in Ferguson

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A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to a Ferguson business on the night that a grand jury announced the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Twenty-seven-year-old Antonio Whiteside was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He pleaded guilty in April to attempted arson for starting a fire on Nov. 24 inside the Ferguson Market.

Michael Brown was unarmed when he was fatally shot by Wilson in Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014. The shooting led to unrest that escalated the night the grand jury decision was announced.

The Ferguson Market blaze was put out quickly, but more than a dozen businesses were destroyed in fires that night.

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