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St. Louis County Man Sentenced for Attempted Arson in Ferguson

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – ANTONIO WHITESIDE, of St. Louis County, Missouri, was sentenced to five years imprisonment on the federal charge stemming from Whiteside starting a fire inside the Ferguson Supermarket, Inc. on November 24, 2014, the date St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Whiteside pled guilty in April to one count of attempted arson.  He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge John A. Ross.

Today’s sentence concludes the joint, cooperative investigation by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bomb and Arson Unit and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that enabled law enforcement to solve the case.  The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office also provided significant assistance.

Updated November 3, 2015