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Burlington man pleads guilty to attempting to light police car on fire during Trenton protest

By Nikita Biryukov, January 26 2021 1:38 pm

A Burlington County man who attempted to set fire to a police cruiser during a violent May protest in Trenton pleaded guilty to attempting to interfere with law enforcement, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig said Tuesday.

Killian Melecio, a Columbus resident, faces up to five years imprisonment and fines of not more than $250,000 for the charge.

Melecio was one of three individuals law enforcement identified as responsible for the attempted destruction of the police cruiser. A street camera caught him stuffing a t-shirt into the car’s gas tank and attempting to ignite it with the aid of a person authorities identified as Justin Spry, who was arrested at the scene.

The shirt allegedly belonged to Kadeem Dockery, who authorities say lit an “explosive device” and threw it into the vehicle, which was not occupied at the time. Dockery and Melecio were arrested on Aug. 5.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the FBI, the Trenton Police Department, the New Jersey State Police — under the direction of Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan — and the New jersey Department of Corrections.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander Ramey and Michelle Gasparian represented the government. Mark Davis represented Melecio.

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