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Baltimore man pleads guilty to obstructing firefighters during unrest

A Baltimore man who punctured a fire hose being used on the CVS Pharmacy that burned during last year’s unrest pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday and faces up to five years in prison.

In this April 27, 2015 file photo, people can be seen gathering outside a CVS which was being looted. (The Daily Record file)

In this April 27, 2015 file photo, people can be seen gathering outside a CVS which was being looted. (The Daily Record)

Gregory Lee Butler Jr., 22, pleaded guilty to obstruction of firefighters during a civil disorder for his actions April 27, 2015.

The Baltimore City Fire Department was working to extinguish a fire at the CVS, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, around 6:30 p.m. when one of the hoses was rendered inoperable, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.

Butler admitted to using a knife to make holes in the hose. He will be sentenced Sept. 20.

Butler was one of five defendants charged for incidents related to the rioting and unrest April 27.

Trevon Green, 23, is accused of setting fire to a food store on North Monroe Street; Darius Raymond Stewart, 22, pleaded guilty to an arson at a liquor store and will be sentenced in August; Donta Betts, 20, pleaded guilty and received a 15-year sentence for making a destructive device and an unrelated weapons crime; and Raymon Carter, 25, pleaded guilty  and was sentenced to four years for rioting.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is continuing to investigate arson incidents from April 2015, according to the release.