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  • Portland man charged with setting fire to Justice Center, faces up to 20 years

    Portland man charged with setting fire to Justice Center, faces up to 20 years

    A Portland man was charged on Tuesday for arson aimed at the city’s Justice Center. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a mandatory sentence of 5 years. Edward Thomas Schinzing was charged with intentionally setting fire to the Justice Center on May 29. He appeared in federal court for the first time on Tuesday, and will now await further court proceedings.

    H/T: The Epoch Times

    Oregon’s top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, announced in a release that Schinzing was identified after comparing the surveillance footage with a jail booking photo and a distinctive tattoo of his last name across his upper back.

    More from the Justice Department release:

    Among those who entered the Justice Center, Schinzing was identified by a comparison with a jail booking photo and a distinctive tattoo of his last name across his upper back. Schinzing spread a fire that started near the front of the office by lighting additional papers on fire and moving them into a drawer of a separate cubicle.

    At about 11:08 p.m., the building’s fire sprinkler system activated and extinguished the fires. At about the same time, law enforcement officers secured that portion of the Justice Center. The Multnomah County Detention Center housed approximately 289 inmates at the time.

    Schinzing made his first appearance in federal court today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge and was ordered detained pending further court proceedings. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years.

    Watch "peaceful" Portland protesters break windows at the Justice Center in downtown Portland below.

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