On January 14th, 2022, Montez Lee was sentenced to 10 years in prison, having pled guilty to one count of arson after facing multiple federal charges and being held without bond after his arrest.
From Minnesota Uprising Arrestee Support: During his sentencing Montez shared a very powerful statement where he described his experience with police brutality as a Black man and how he hope to be part of the solution not the problem, his hope to work to better himself and his community, and how his kids deserve better. Montez is expected to be moved to a prison either in Minnesota or a nearby state. We expect him to stay at Sherburne until February.
“My name is Montez Lee. I am a 25 year old African American male from Rochester, MN. I am a father to two kids. I am being charged by the federal government on the charges of 1st degree arson. On May 28th, I decided to go to Minneapolis and protest with my community. I have faced injustices from local police departments myself and have been subjected to racism. I wanted to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to show my kids and peers that you fight for what you believe in. I’m sick of seeing people of color murdered by the same people sworn to serve and protect. I’m tired of people turning a blind eye to what’s going on in this country. Though I’ve been here for months fighting this case, I will not let it break my spirit or make me forget my principles. I stand with my community and my people. Until there is change and we are treated as equals, we will fight. No justice means no peace.”
Montez Lee 22429-041 FCI Ray Brook Federal Correctional Institution PO Box 900 Ray Brook, NY 12977
From the Minnesota Uprising Arrestee Support site: My name is Matthew White, I am 32 years old and a father of 4 boys. I am an enrolled member of a MN Chippewa tribe and was born and raised in the St. Paul Midway. I am not an out of town white man who come to destroy ethnic neighborhoods as the media has been portrayed me to be. Upon my federal arrest for arson in the wake of the George Floyd protests I was a union carpenter. Previous to that I was a resident manager at the Salvation Army Treatment Center a position I obtained after completing the program myself, this is where I met George Floyd while doing community outreach. During my time at the Salvation Army I got interested and involved in advocating for others. In my free time I dabbled in art and am a graffiti artist.
I headed out that day with the intention of adding my voice to hundreds of others to call for change and spread a little loving artwork for George and now I am facing up to 20 years in federal prison and because of my past record I will realistically be sentenced to 10 years. My oldest children most likely will be adults or pretty near by the time I am released.
Any support and correspondence is much loved and appreciated. I have sentencing in March and am hoping to gather as large of crowd as I can for support in the courtroom. Thank you all.
Matthew White 21434-041 USP McCreary U.S. Penitentiary P.O. BOX 3000 Pine Knot, KY 42635
- Projected Release Date: 10/23/2025*
From Minnesota Uprising Arrestee Support: Matthew Rupert grew up in Galesburg, Illinois with his loving parents Linda and Michael, his oldest sister Kristy, Middle sister Kari, youngest sister Karen, and brother Christopher. His father became sick when Matthew was young. He passed away December 6, 2012 leaving Linda a widow. Matthew’s mother was a CNA and is now on disability due to medical conditions. Matthew has been financially and physically supporting his mother. Matthew and his partner have been engaged for 2 years and planned to get married very soon, they have been together for 3 years. Matthew is a great father figure to his partner’s 2 children. Matthew has several African-American friends. Tyler Smith was murdered in his hometown by police and no one was arrested, Matthew went to protest over Police killings, not to “riot” and loot! Matthew is facing 9-11 years in prison, which is well above the statutory presumption.
Matthew Rupert #55013-424
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635
“Greetings to all who are still supporting me in solidarity. Please continue to send your letters of support as they have made a tremendous difference to me. Every letter you send uplifts my spirit and reminds me that I am not alone.”
José is in jail awaiting trial on arson charges from 2020.
José Felan Sherburne County Jail 13880 Business Center Dr. NW Suite 200 Elk River, MN 55330-1692
Branden Wolf #22425-041 FCI Oxford Federal Correctional Institution P.O. BOX 1000 Oxford, WI 53952
Dylan Robinson 45802-013
P.O. BOX 1000
LEAVENWORTH, KS 66048
Release Date: 09/10/2024