MSU student sentenced for December riot

Justin Roe. (Feb. 24, 2014)
Justin Roe. (Feb. 24, 2014)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan State University student will serve jail time for his role in the riot that followed MSU’s December Big Ten win.

Justin Roe, 20, was sentenced Monday to 45 days in jail for starting a fire, unlawful assembly and staying within 300 feet of a fire.

He will also have to pay $1,000 in fines and restitution.

Roe was part of the crowd of between 2,000 and 3,000 in the area of Cedar Village Apartments off campus in East Lansing after the Dec. 7 win over Ohio State that earned MSU the Big Ten title.

People around a large fire in East Lansing following MSU's Big Ten title win over OSU. (Courtesy WILX - Dec. 8, 2013)
(Courtesy WILX – Dec. 8, 2013)

The crowds set a total of 57 fires across the city — three of them at Cedar Village. The East Lansing Police Department says shrubs, fencing, mattresses, clothing, bikes, trees and fire extinguishers were thrown into the blazes. A car was flipped  onto its roof.

Photos: Fire, flipped car after MSU wins

Twenty-eight people were arrested. Roe is the first student to be sentenced to jail time.

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