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Baltimore man gets 4 years for CVS arson during rioting

A Baltimore man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for the federal crime of rioting, including the arson of a CVS Pharmacy during April’s civil unrest.

Raymon Carter, 24, must also pay $500,000 in restitution, according to federal prosecutors.

Carter was identified by members of the public after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released photos from the surveillance videos. He was indicted in July.

“Ordinary citizens concerned about their neighborhood helped to catch Raymon Carter after he participated in the riot on April 27, 2015,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Carter pleaded guilty in September. He was captured on surveillance video entering the CVS in the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue the night of April 27 and using an “open flame” to illuminate the pharmaceuticals on the shelves. He was then seen opening a safe. Later, video shows Carter walking multiple times in the area where the fire began.

Carter admitted “his intent was to start a fire and that he used paper products from that area of the store to set the fire,” according to prosecutors. After the fire starts, Carter is seen on video exiting the store.

Prior to arriving at the CVS, Carter used a phone to discuss plans to go to the scene of the riots, which began following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Federal law prohibits people from using a phone or traveling across state lines to participate in a civil disturbance that involves acts of violence.

Damage to the CVS has been estimated at $1.1 million.