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Buffalo Man Going To Prison For Throwing A Burning Basket Into Buffalo City Hall During Violent Protests

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:    Barbara Burns
PHONE:    (716) 843-5817
FAX #:    (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Courtland Renford, 22, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of rioting, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremiah E. Lenihan, who handled the case, stated that on May 30, 2020, the defendant participated in the looting and rioting of a 7-11 convenience store located on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Summer Avenue in Buffalo. At approximately 10:10 p.m., a large group shattered the front door of the 7-11 and began looting the store. Renford was one of the first individuals to enter the 7-11 and his conduct was captured on surveillance footage. 

Later that same evening, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Renford participated in a public protest near Buffalo City Hall, resulting in significant property damage and looting. During the protest Renford threw a burning laundry basket into a broken window of Buffalo City Hall, resulting in a fire inside the building. Buffalo firefighters extinguished the fire, which damaged and/or destroyed items inside Buffalo City Hall. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.

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Updated December 23, 2021

Violent Crime