Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit arson
ST. PAUL – A Brooklyn Park man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to arson the Great Health and Nutrition store in St. Paul.
According to court documents, on May 28, 2020, 20 years old Samuel Frey, and his co-conspirators, including the 20-year-old co-accused McKenzy DeGidio Dunn, and Conspirator 1 (who was 17 at the time of the arson), joined others who had gathered near the Great Health and Nutrition store at 1360 University Avenue West, in St. Paul.
Frey and his co-conspirators arrived together and walked through several businesses before arriving inside the Great Health and Nutrition retail store. Inside the store, Frey took a bottle of hand sanitizer and poured the contents onto a floor shelf on the floor. Frey then lit some paper and placed the flaming paper where he had poured the contents of a bottle of hand sanitizer. Frey applied additional hand sanitizer in an attempt to speed up the fire.
The Great Health and Nutrition store suffered damage from a fire.
According to court documents, after May 28, 2020, Frey spoke to co-accused Dunn and Conspirator 1 each at least once. Frey asked them to lie to law enforcement saying that another person supposedly started the fire.
On October 26, 2020, Dunn pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit arson.
On May 10, 2021, a judge sentenced Dunn to three years probation and $ 31,578 in restitution.
Frey’s sentencing hearing will be set for a later date.
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