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Man seen on TV slicing fire hose during Baltimore riot gets supervised release

Previous coverage of this story here & here

Remember the scene above from the rioting in Baltimore in 2015? As a CNN reporter conducted an interview near a burning CVS store, a man in a gas mask twice sliced into a charged supply line. Greg Butler was sentenced today (Thursday) for that crime.

WJZ-TV:

In July, a 22-year-old man named Greg Butler pleaded guilty to obstructing firefighters, admitting to slicing a fire hose with a knife as crews tried to put out the flames at a CVS.

 

Today, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced him to three years of supervised release, after giving him credit for 5 weeks of time served. Butler faced a maximum of five years in jail.

Motz also sentenced Butler to pay $1 million in restitution and to serve 250 hours of community service.

According to WJZ’s Rick Ritter, the judge said the charges warranted a higher sentence but he believes Butler learned his lesson and doesn’t want to make him another victim.

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Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun:

Robert Maloney, Baltimore’s director of emergency management, spoke on Butler’s behalf at the sentencing hearing. He declined to comment after the hearing.

A deputy fire chief who the government had listed as a potential witness was also called by the defense.

Rick Hoffman, president of the Baltimore firefighters union, was not involved in Butler’s sentencing but said he thought it was good for Butler to get a second chance.

The riot was “an absolutely horrible time for everybody, in uniform and out,” Hoffman said. “Now moving forward, if everyone’s decided that the best way to handle this is to try to make something positive out of this kid, I’m all for it.”

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