Two of the three rioters accused of burning down a Wendy’s Restaurant in Atlanta, GA have accepted plea deals that include a $500 fine, 150 hours of community service, and five years of probation.
According to Newsweek, “Prosecutors said Chisom Kingston, Natalia Hanna White, and John Wesley Wade set a fire that destroyed the Wendy’s in June 2020 amid protests sparked by the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, by a police officer during an encounter outside the restaurant.”
Just days before Kingston and White were scheduled for trial, they pleaded guilty to, among other things, arson in the first degree. Wade remains in federal custody.
UPDATE: Two of the three suspects accused of setting fire to a Wendy's in Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia, during the BLM riot in 2020 have accepted plea deals.
Chisom Kingston and Natalie White were both charged with conspiracy to commit arson in the first degree and two… pic.twitter.com/vR9O4dNWP3
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) December 4, 2023
In 2020, Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of the Wendy’s that was set on fire and destroyed just days after the shooting.
According to the Post Millennial, “Brooks had reportedly punched Atlanta police officer, David Brosnan, and stole his taser while under investigation for a DUI in the parking lot of a Wendy’s. Brooks aimed the Taser at Officer Brosnan and a second officer, Garrett Rolfe, shot and killed Brooks during the altercation.”
It was in light of this shooting that the infamous Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot took place resulting in Kingston, White, and Wade burning down the Wendy’s.
Many are outraged at the plea deal that was reached with Kingston and White because of the severity of the charges compared to the light punishment that was given.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was one of the first politicians to come out against the plea deal as she compared the light sentences received for burning a restaurant to the ground with the sentences of some of the people connected to January 6.
“J6’ers are being locked up for years for walking in the Capitol and some never walked inside at all, but the guys who plead guilty to arson and burned down the Wendy’s in Atl in 2020 BLM riots only have to pay a $500 fine!!!” Greene recently wrote.
J6’ers are being locked up for years for walking in the Capitol and some never walked inside at all, but the guys who plead guilty to arson and burned down the Wendy’s in Atl in 2020 BLM riots only have to pay a $500 fine!!!
The scales of Justice have tipped so hard one way they… pic.twitter.com/lABJICdzCe
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) December 4, 2023
“I’m sure a lot of J6 trespassers would love to pay $500 and go home. If only they had burned down a building, maybe,” wrote Rep. Mike Collins, another Georgia Republican.