A woman in Tacoma, Washington plead guilty on Tuesday for setting fire to five Seattle Police Department vehicles during the violent riot downtown Seattle following the death of George Floyd last year.
Margaret Aislinn Channon, 26, used aerosol cans as a blowtorch to light five Seattle police vehicles on fire parked in the area of 6th and Pine on May 30, according to the US Department of Justice.
Arson is a serious felony that is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and punishable by up to 20.
According to court documents, Channon also plead guilty to crimes that coincide with property destruction which include; looting, breaking windows, and smashing equipment.
The document states, "According to the plea agreement, Channon appears in videos from the protest in downtown Seattle wearing distinctive clothing and showing tattoos on her hands and arms. Channon is captured on video using fire and aerosol cans to light five Seattle Police Department vehicles on fire. She is also shown entering various stores and removing items of clothing. She admits smashing the window at the Verizon Store, and entering a sandwich shop and destroying the electronic cash register."
Investigators were able to identify Channon based on distinctive tattoos, clothing that was seized during a search warrant, and information from her social media accounts, the document stated.
Margaret Aislinn Channon was arrested in a combined effort on June 11, 2020 following an investigation by the Seattle Police Department, FBI, and ATF.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Channon is responsible for restitution where the amount will be determined at sentencing. Both sides agreed to a recommended 5 years in prison.
Sentencing is set to be held on January 18, 2022.
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