Wayzata man gets 3 years for arson at Wells Fargo branch in wake of Floyd murder

Wayzata man gets 3 years for arson at Wells Fargo branch in wake of Floyd murder
Marc Gonzales, 29, of Wayzata, faces federal arson charges in connection with fires that damaged a Minneapolis bank following the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed May 25, 2020 while in custody of Minneapolis police. (Courtesy of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

A Wayzata man was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison for his role in the burning of a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Minneapolis during the riots that followed the murder of George Floyd last May.

Marc Bell Gonzales, 30, pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to commit arson, admitting that he poured gasoline on the Wells Fargo building across the street from the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct headquarters on Nicollet Avenue, according to court documents.

Following his 37-month prison sentence, Gonzales will spend three years on supervised release, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the U.S. attorney’s office of Minnesota.

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