A pair of Brooklyn lawyers have now plead guilty to charges stemming from their alleged 2020 firebombing of a New York City Police car.
As The New York Times reports:
On a May night in 2020, two young lawyers — high achievers who had risen from working-class roots to prestigious schools and promising careers — joined thousands of others on the streets of Brooklyn to protest the murder of George Floyd.
What happened next stunned many of their friends: The lawyers, Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis, were arrested in an attack using a Molotov cocktail on an empty police car. Federal prosecutors brought stiff charges against them: seven counts, including arson and civil disorder, which collectively could have carried a 45-year minimum sentence. They also argued that the lawyers were dangers to society.
On Wednesday, Ms. Rahman, 32, and Mr. Mattis, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to one count apiece of possession of a destructive device, as part of a deal worked out between their lawyers and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.
They could face up to 10 years in prison when they are sentenced on Feb. 8, though the judge, Brian Cogan, said that the date might change. A lawyer for Ms. Rahman, Paul Shechtman, said negotiations over the applicable sentencing range were still underway. One sticking point is that prosecutors have indicated that they would seek a so-called terrorism enhancement, which has typically been applied in cases related to mass destruction and which can extend a prison stay by decades.
Both suspects attended elite schools in the New York City Area and then attended Ivy League Universities.