MSU student sentenced for December riot

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.

WOOD TV8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s