A local man pleaded guilty to federal charges related to possession of Molotov cocktails during a demonstration in Worcester in June.
Vincent Eovacious, 19, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to one count of civil disorder and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.
Several people gathered on Tuesday, June 1, in protest of the death of George Floyd. At around 10 PM, a people gathered on South Main Street.
According to the office of the Acting United States Attorney of Massachusetts, Nathaniel Mendell, the crowd blocked traffic and threw objects at police.
One officer saw a man on top of the building at 848 Main Street and saw Eovacious remove a bottle from his satchel that appeared to contain liquid and attempt to insert a rag into the bottle. The officer also saw what was believed to be a lighter in Eovacious’ hand.
A short time later, officers located Eovacious walking near May Street and Main Street, carrying the satchel. They searched the satchel and recovered three glass bottles with a slightly yellow liquid that smelled of gasoline, five white rags, one green lighter and one silver lighter. Eovacious stated that the liquid in the glass bottles was gasoline and that he was “with the anarchist group” and was “waiting for an opportunity.”
The charge of civil disorder provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison. The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
The judge set sentencing for January 6, 2022.