A man who was seen cutting a firehose at Penn and North on national TV during the rioting that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral pleaded guilty in connection with the incident.
According to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s office, Gregory Butler admitted to puncturing a firehose in two places while firefighters were working to put out the blaze that was set at the drug store. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge of “obstruction of firefighters during a civil disorder.”
Butler was seen cutting the firehose on CNN. Wearing a gas mask, he was also photographed on a bicycle in front of a line of police. He was also photographed riding a bike in front of a line of police during the incident. City Paper later interviewed Butler’s former basketball coach at Poly, who said he missed out on a scholarship to play college ball because of a “quirk” in Baltimore’s grading system.
Now, he faces up to five years in prison, and is set to be sentenced in September.
The latest trial of a police officer in the case of Gray’s death is set to begin Thursday morning. In three trials, no police have been convicted so far.
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