Man who set fire to Grand Forks Somali restaurant sentenced

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(WDAY News) – The man who set fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks will serve more than a decade in a federal prison for a what’s being called a ‘racially motivated hate crime.’

26-year old Matthew Gust was sentenced in federal court Tuesday afternoon to one count of ‘malicious use of explosive materials’ and one count of ‘interference with a federally protected activity.’

He’ll serve 15 years for both charges.

“The family thinks the sentence is a little harsh, but I think it’s an emotional situation, and that can be a very emotional response. Matthew agrees with the sentence, Matthew accepts the sentence, but that doesn’t mean he likes the sentence and that doesn’t mean he’s happy with it,” said Ted Sandberg, Gust’s Attorney.

Gust will also have to go through a psychiatric evaluation because of the judge’s concern with his mental health.

He’ll get credit for time already served since his arrest on December 14th.

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