A Chicago-area student who claims he was overcome by emotion when he set fire to a Chicago police SUV during the May 2020 riots sought mercy from a federal judge who then sentenced him to three years of probation Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman told Jacob Fagundo that he could have hurt or killed someone when he set fire to the police SUV on May 30, 2020. But the judge agreed the crime appeared to be an aberration in Fagundo’s behavior. He said prison time was unnecessary, but he ordered Fagundo to pay $58,125 to replace the vehicle.

“It’s just a shame that you did this,” Gettleman said.

Fagundo’s virtual sentencing hearing Wednesday appeared to be the first in Chicago’s federal court to directly deal with the violence that erupted downtown following the in-custody death of George Floyd, the Sun-Times reports.

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