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Erie Man Gets Prison Sentence for Possessing Molotov Cocktails During May 30, 2020 Protest

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

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 40 months in jail on his conviction of possession of an unregistered destructive device, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Tyvarh Nicholson, 30.

According to information presented to the court, Nicholson threw Molotov cocktails at police officers during the riot that occurred in downtown Erie on May 30, 2020.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Erie Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Nicholson.

Updated December 14, 2021

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