Two activist lawyers could spend 10 years in jail after they pleaded guilty to accusations they torched an empty New York City police vehicle last year amid the unrest over the police killing of George Floyd.

Urooj Rahman, 32, and Colinford Mattis, 34 pleaded guilty to their seven criminal cases to avoid a longer jail term and the dropping of six of those cases.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn earlier charged Rahman for throwing a bottle containing gasoline into an empty police vehicle, trying to distribute Molotov cocktails to other people, and then fleeing in a minivan driven by Mattis.

The prosecutors added that Rahman, while at protests in Brooklyn, sent text message updates to Mattis and others, saying “Throwing bottles and tear gas… lit some fires but were put out… fireworks goin and Molotovs rollin.”

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