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Man admits to puncturing fire hose during Baltimore riots

Man admits to puncturing fire hose during Baltimore riots
Posted at 3:41 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 16:41:58-04

BALTIMORE (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to puncturing a fire hose being used to extinguish a blaze at a pharmacy during Baltimore's riots.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that 22-year-old Gregory Lee Butler Jr. entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore.

Prosecutors say on April 27, 2015, firefighters battled a blaze the CVS Pharmacy on Pennsylvania Avenue during the height of the city's riots. Authorities say Butler punctured a water hose twice with a knife, rendering the hose inoperable.

The death of Freddie Gray, a young black man, after he suffered a neck injury in the back of a police van set off looting, riots and arson in Baltimore.

Butler faces a maximum of five years in prison at sentencing on Sept. 20.