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Minnesota man gets over 6 years for St. Paul arson cases

Jose Angel Felan Jr., 36, of Rochester was accused of setting fire to a Goodwill retail store, the Gordon Parks High School and the 7 Mile Sportswear store in St. Paul.

Jose Felan Jr.
Jose Felan Jr.
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MINNEAPOLIS — A Rochester man was sentenced to 78 months in prison Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, in U.S. District Court for setting fire to multiple St. Paul buildings in May 2020.

Jose Angel Felan Jr., 36, was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release by Senior Judge David S. Doty. He was also ordered to pay $39,028 in restitution. Felan pleaded guilty to one count of arson on Feb. 24, 2022.

Felan had fled to Mexico to evade arrest, but was located and returned by Mexican authorities following an anonymous tip on Feb. 15, 2021.

Felan was accused of setting fire to a Goodwill retail store, the Gordon Parks High School and the 7 Mile Sportswear story, all of which are on University Avenue in St. Paul, following nationwide unrest after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin.

Surveillance footage from the Goodwill store showed Felan in a black face mask light a pile of cardboard boxes on fire, according to the complaint. Other video footage captured Felan moving to different buildings in the area, as well.

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Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melinda A. Williams and Emily A. Polachek prosecuted the case.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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