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2 facing federal arson charges in connection to unrest in Rochester

WHECTV
Updated: July 15, 2020 05:07 PM
Created: July 15, 2020 03:31 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two Rochester men are facing federal arson charges in connection to the unrest after a peaceful protest from late May in Rochester.

Shakell Sanks, 26, and Javon Hardy, 24, were both charged with arson in connection to events that happened on May 30.

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Sanks is accused of helping others light fabric on fire that was stuffed into the gas tank of a parked City of Rochester Family Crisis Intervention Team car. The car was deemed a total loss.

Hardy is accused of helping to set a construction trailer on fire in the Exchange Street parking lot. Prosecutors say a Facebook Live video of Hardy shows him carrying a milk jug near the back door of the trailer, then walking down the trailer steps and yelling, “Let that [expletive] burn,” and “If it’s not on fire, I didn’t do my job.”

If convicted, Sanks and Hardy face a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Four others are facing federal charges in connection to the incidents in Rochester as well.


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