Fulton County judge gives $500 fine, no jail time for rioters who burned down Atlanta Wendy’s during BLM riots
Two of the three suspects accused of setting fire to a Wendy’s in Atlanta, Georgia during an infamous Black Lives Matter riot in 2020 have accepted plea deals, according to Fox 5.
Chisom Kingston and Natalie White were both charged with conspiracy to commit arson in the first degree and two counts of first-degree arson. The pair pleaded guilty to their crimes, according to court records.
In addition to Kingston and White, John Wesley Wade, 35, was indicted on the same charges earlier this year in January. He was initially arrested in October 2020 on federal charges.
Kingston and White have both been sentenced to five years probation, ordered to pay a $500 fine and must complete 150 hours of community service, 11alive reports. Their trial is set for next week and it’s unclear how the plea deals will impact the outcome.
The charges stem from a BLM riot at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in southwest Atlanta on June 13, 2020. Police fatally shot a suspect named Rayshard Brooks, who was black, at the Wendy’s earlier in the day. The Wendy’s was set on fire and rioters created an autonomous zone at the site, which was later dismantled by police.
This is a developing story and will be updated.