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Town of Ontario woman convicted for role in May 2020 Rochester riot

A Town on Ontario woman has been convicted of rioting during the violent protests that occurred in May of 2020 in Rochester.

Mackenzie Drechsler, 20, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, two years supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $8,674. $3,775 is to the City of Rochester and $4,899 is to the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

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During the event on May 20, 2020, officers were assigned to assist a crowd that was protesting at the Public Safety Building in Rochester. The event later became violent, and police found Drechsler assisting other with lighting fabric shoved into the gas tank of a car that belonged to the City of Rochester Family Crisis Intervention Team.

The car was engulfed in flames.

Drechsler also lit a car owned by the Attorney General’s Office on fire that became engulfed in flames.

Both cars were total losses.



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