Man convicted of Molotov cocktails at Omaha protest

(AP) – OMAHA, Neb. – A 25-year-old Iowa man was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for drinking a Molotov cocktail during protests against racial injustice in downtown Omaha last year.

Council Bluffs’ Steven Fitch was convicted in federal court Wednesday of unlawful possession of a destructive device. After his sentence, he is released under custody for three years.

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Prosecutors said Omaha police found Fitch with a Molotov cocktail in their pockets during protests on May 31.

The device contained a clear liquid in a bottle with a red rag. The rag had gas on it and Fitch had several lighters in his pocket.

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