Man sentenced to 5 years for Ferguson arson during protests

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Ferguson Market and Liquor.

FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – A St. Louis County man has been sentenced for setting a fire inside the Ferguson Supermarket on November 24.

Antonio Whiteside, 27, will be serving 5 years in prison.

The market was the scene of a reported strong-armed robbery by Michael Brown shortly before his fatal confrontation with police officer Darren Wilson.

Whiteside pleaded guilty in April to one count of attempted arson. He committed the crime on the same night the grand jury announced its decision not to indict officer Wilson, who shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown in August 2014. Protests over the death led to riots in the area.