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Galesburg Man Sentenced for Arson

Matthew Rupert
U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota
Matthew Rupert

A Galesburg man is going to prison for setting a fire in Minneapolis last summer.

A Galesburg man is going to prison for setting a fire in Minneapolis last summer. Twenty-nine year old Matthew Rupert was convicted of arson for setting a store on fire in the days following the murder of George Floyd by police.

According to the US Attorney's Office, Rupert traveled more than 400 miles "to riot" and was seen on video handing out large fireworks and encouraging violence against law enforcement.

The arson charge stems from a fire at a Minneapolis cell phone store. During the city-wide protests following Floyd's death, the U.S. Attorney says Rupert asked for lighter fluid and then entered a boarded-up Sprint store. As he fled the building after starting the fire, Rupert reportedly said: "I lit it on fire!"

Rupert was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Aaryan Balu first set foot in audio journalism at WTJU Charlottesville and WRIR Richmond, and now works as WVIK Quad Cities NPR's Fellowship Host.
A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.