Man sentenced in GR stabbings, food truck fires

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of stabbing three men and setting fire to two food trucks in downtown Grand Rapids was sentenced Wednesday.

Tyler Benedict will serve 3 to 10 years in prison for two counts of felonious assault. He was also sentenced 21 to 60 months in prison for fourth-degree arson.

Benedict was arrested in November 2018.

Authorities said Benedict ignited the Blue Spoon Catering and Field & Fire Bakery food trucks parked outside the Downtown Market.

Officers said less than an hour after setting fire to the food trucks, Benedict attacked three men trying to sleep under a steam vent near the entrance to Fifth-Third Bank at 111 Lyon Street NW.

All the victims were in their 60s and received serious cuts from the attack, police said.

According to police, Benedict said he was “angry and wanted to see the world burn” when he confessed to the crimes.

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