PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cranston man accused of setting a police cruiser on fire during the riot in downtown Providence nearly two years ago has reached a new plea deal with federal prosecutors.
Nicholas Scaglione, 31, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit arson, according to court documents.
Scaglione was initially charged with malicious attempt to damage or destroy a vehicle, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.
He pleaded guilty last year to that charge and was schedule to be sentenced in July. But his sentencing was abruptly postponed by the judge, who claimed she needed “more information from the parties before proceeding.”
Federal prosecutors are recommending Scaglione spend 30 to 46 months behind bars under the new agreement.
Scaglione was one of two men the FBI believes played a role in setting the cruiser ablaze during the height of the riot, which was spurred by the investigation into George Floyd’s death.
Luis Joel Sierra, 34, of Providence, was also arrested on an arson charge and has pleaded not guilty.
Scaglione admitted to climbing on top of a Providence police cruiser and trying to flip it on its side. Then, after Sierra ignited a fire using lighter fluid, Scaglione squirted flammable liquid into the vehicle, causing the fire to intensify. The cruiser was quickly engulfed in flames and destroyed.