TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man has been convicted of setting fire to a sporting goods store and shopping center in Tampa during unrest that followed protests over the death of George Floyd last year.
Court records show 20-year-old Terrance Lee Hester Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tampa federal court to damaging or destroying by fire a building used in interstate commerce.
He faces between five and 20 years in prison. Officials say surveillance video shows Hester throwing a flaming piece of cloth into a Champs Sports store through a broken window last May.
The damage to the store and other businesses in the plaza was estimated at $1.25 million.