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Man going to prison over Molotov cocktails

May 23, 2009 at 1:49 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, May 23 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Minneapolis says a Texas man will spend the next four years in prison for being found in possession of Molotov cocktails.

The St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer-Press said Friday U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis sentenced David McKay, 23, to prison because of the incendiary devices he possessed during 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

McKay told the judge he regretted his decision to travel from Austin, Texas, to Minnesota to take part in demonstrations.

"I should have never been up here. I should have never left my home. I should have never left the people who loved me," McKay said. "I want to work to be more than my mistakes and to become something greater than this. I just hope you can see that."

As per federal guidelines, McKay had been facing up to six years in prison as a result of his guilty plea to three felony counts.

The Pioneer-Press said McKay was accused, along with 24-year-old Bradley Neal Crowder, of building the incendiary devices to use on a truck-mounted JumboTron during the convention.

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