3 year prison sentence for man who threw Molotov Cocktails during 2016 May Day protests
SEATTLE -- A former Seattle resident was sentenced to just over three years in prison Friday for throwing Molotov cocktails at police during the city's May Day protests in 2016.
Wil Casey Floyd, 33, of Wisconsin made six of the explosive devices by filling beer bottles with gasoline. Floyd then dressed in black, wore a black hood and gas mask and joined in the protest. He threw five of the unlit devices at police, but one of them shattered at the feet of an officer and ignited his pants when a flash-bang grenade went off. The officer suffered burns to his leg.
Floyd dropped the bag containing one remaining bottle of gasoline and changed his clothes and appearance before police could arrest him, prosecutors said.
Investigators found that two months before the protests, Floyd had sent a text message stating, “kill them all with fire,” referring to Seattle Police officers, prosecutors said. Following the protests, Floyd went online to ridicule images of injured Seattle Police who were treated for injuries caused by protestors.
Detectives sorted through mountains of video evidence of the protests to identify Floyd as their suspect. He was arrested in April, 2017 and pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a destructive device.
In court Friday, Floyd said that he had gone along with a group of people, and “realized it was a mistake, but there was no turning back… I never intended anyone to get hurt…. I’ll never do anything like this again," according to federal prosecutors.
The destructive device used at 2016's May Day protest prompted Seattle Police to review its training and purchase more equipment for officers while dealing with the dangerous and high-stress situation.
Floyd had faced as much as 10 years in prison.