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Date: 06-29-2021

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United States of America v. Wesley Somers

Case Number: 3:20-cr-00161

Judge: Aleta A. Trauger

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Davidson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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Wesley Somers, 26, was charged in a criminal complaint on June 3, 2020, following protests which escalated to acts of violence and intimidation on the evening of May 30, 2020.

On the afternoon of May 30, 2020, protesters gathered in downtown Nashville following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later in the evening, several persons gathered in front of the Nashville City Hall, also known as the Metro Courthouse, and began smashing the windows of the premises and spraying graffiti on the Courthouse facade. One or more fires were also set inside of the Courthouse at that time.

Numerous video clips and photographs of the destruction at the Courthouse were posted on social media websites, on the websites for news outlets, and on other Internet sites. Somers is depicted in video clips and photographs from that evening attempting to smash windows of the Courthouse. One photograph depicted Somers holding an unknown accelerant, which had been set on fire, and placing the accelerant through the window of the Courthouse.

Somers was quickly identified by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department – Specialized Investigation Division, after receiving numerous tips from citizens.

Somers will be sentenced on December 1, 2021, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department; the FBI; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Schrader; and Trial Attorney Justin Sher of the Department’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case.

Indictment 10/14/2020: 18:844(i) Malicious destruction of property using fire and explosives

Outcome: Defendant pleaded guilty.

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