Chicagoland: Man who led a riot that caused two deaths , over a dozen officers injured pleads guilty only faces 5 years


CHICAGO, IL – In 2020, following the death of George Floyd, a man took to Facebook Live to livestream a riot which led to the deaths of two people and over 12 officers injured.

Although the suspect in the case claimed he was innocent, he just pleaded guilty in federal court.

In March of 2021, federal authorities charged 23-year-old James Massey for his participation in a riot.

The riot, which occurred in August of 2020, led to the deaths of two people and over a dozen officers injured.

On February 15th, Massey appeared in front of U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly and pleaded guilty to inciting a riot and participating in and carrying on a riot. Massey faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

The Northern District of Illinois United States Attorney John Lausch pledged his office’s commitment in prosecuting those who participate and lead riots in the future. He said:

“Anyone involved in destructive behavior in Chicago – such as rioting – should expect to be held accountable. Our office will continue to work with the FBI, CPD, and our other law enforcement partners to prosecute rioters and others engaged in violent crime.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr. also pledged his office’s commitment to pursuing and prosecuting those responsible for rioting. He said:

“Inciting riots and other unlawful activity is both irresponsible and reckless, and the FBI will continue to work tirelessly with police and prosecutorial partners to ensure public safety is not compromised.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office:

“Massey admitted in a plea agreement that on Aug. 9, 2020, he posted multiple videos and messages on Facebook calling for people to travel to downtown Chicago to engage in property damage and looting.

In one of the videos, Massey stated, “Y’all ready? I sent everybody the location to link up at bro. I trying to get something. I need to hit a couple stores.” In another video, Massey stated, “Fitting to go [expletive] them up. I ain’t missing out. I am ready to steal.”

Massey was charged with the federal crimes in March of 2021 in a 19-page criminal complaint that alleged he sent several online messages on August 9th which read:


The screenshots of Massey’s Facebook messages and recordings of the livestream video of the riot, posted under the name Steve Nash, made their way to the Chicago Police Department. Along with the screenshot officers saw from Massey’s account, he wrote:


The federal complaint also alleged that Massey had sent several Facebook private messages instructing those people to meet him at 6300 S. Racine Avenue so they could go together to the downtown area.

He also messaged a separate group and said:


The federal complaint stated that Massey posted a picture on Facebook at 11:27 pm in which read:

“Lets get ready to steal [expletive].”

He then allegedly made another post 16 minutes later which read:

“Fitting to go [expletive] them up. I ain’t missing out. I am ready to steal.”

Federal prosecutors were able to secure multiple videos and pictures of Massey leading a group that was breaking into and looting several items from the local businesses.

Along with the items stolen, the riot started by Massey resulted in two deaths, 13 officers injured, and thousands of dollar’s worth of property damage.

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A BLM rioter killed a man when he burned down a building. Biden’s AG gave him a slap on the wrist.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In 2020, a Black Lives Matter rioter burned down a building which had a person inside who was killed as a result.

Now that the rioter has been convicted and sentenced to only ten years, a Republican Senator is throwing the flag, saying the punishment does not fit the crime.


When Republican Senator Tom Cotton learned of the sentence against convicted arsonist and murderer Montez Terriel Lee, he sent a formal inquiry to the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland.

Senator Cotton wanted to know why Lee would be given a sentence of only ten years.

In the inquiry, the Senator also wanted to know how the United States government came to the conclusion that Lee was not a danger to the community, considering his conviction – not to mention his previous criminal convictions for burglary, domestic violence, and theft.

Senator Cotton also asked for “all communications between the United States Attorney’s Office for Minnesota and any political appointees at the Department of Justice regarding the sentencing recommendation for Montez Lee.”

The Senator wrote:

“In August 2020, the United States Attorney’s Office in Minnesota indicted Lee on one count of Arson and he pleaded guilty on July 22, 2021. The sentencing guidelines called for a sentence of around 20 years.

But the US Attorney’s office filed a Sentencing Memorandum asking for half this time. Most shockingly, the US Attorney defended Montez Lee and expressed sympathy for his murderous arson because Lee’s crime was committed during the BLM riots.

“Showing leniency towards a career criminal who committed murder is bad enough. But justifying the murder because the career criminal shares the Biden Administration’s politics is beyond the pale.

The American people deserve to know whether leniency for left-wing murderers is the official policy of the Biden Department of Justice, or whether this travesty was a one-off.”

The Senators questions come after Lee was arrested after he set fire to the Max It Pawn Shop on East Lake Street in Minneapolis on May 28, 2020 in response to the death of George Floyd.

Lee was caught after he was captured on video surveillance pouring some type of accelerant around the store before lighting it.

Federal Prosecutors noted that Lee could be heard saying:

“[Expletive] this place. We’re gonna burn this [expletive] down.”

When authorities were finally able to safely move in and work on cleaning up the mess Lee left behind, they discovered the body of a thirty-year-old man who died in the fire. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that the man’s death was likely due to:

“[I]halation of products of combustion and thermal injury (building fire).”


Instead of facing the twenty years that Senator Cotton believes he should, Lee was sentenced to only ten years which will be followed by three years of supervised release. Ten years and probation for burning a man alive during a riot.

As we wait for Democratic Attorney General Merrick Garland to respond, one must ask if something like this happened during the January 6th incident, would the sentence have been the same?

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