Somali restaurant firebomber, facing nearly $269K in restitution, requests attorney to dispute amount
FARGO — An East Grand Forks, Minn., man serving 15 years in federal prison for firebombing a Somali cafe in Grand Forks filed a motion seeking an attorney who can appeal his mandated restitution Monday, court records show.
Matthew William Gust, 27, pleaded guilty to arson and committing a hate crime in federal court after throwing a makeshift Molotov cocktail into Juba Cafe, a Somali restaurant, on Dec. 8, 2015.
But in a handwritten motion calling for a court appointed attorney Monday, Gust said he was unaware of the restitution payments until receiving a letter April 4. He wants to appeal the amount owed.
The court has yet to respond to the request, which was filed Monday, May 1.
Source: Andrew Hazzard, Bismarck Tribune