Two charged with arson in ecoterrorim fires |

Two charged with arson in ecoterrorim fires

SALT LAKE CITY – Federal officials have charged two Utah men with setting fires in the name of ecoterrorists.U.S. Attorney Paul Warner said prosecutors had expected both men to enter guilty pleas on Tuesday to destruction of property by fire, but both had their appearances continued.Justus A. Ireland, 23, of Midvale, has been charged with arson in connection with a June 14 fire at Stock Lumber Co. in West Jordan.Damage was estimated at $1.5 million, and the letters “ELF,” standing for the Earth Liberation Front, were spraypainted at the scene. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 26.A second man accused in a separate fire claimed by ecoterrorists also appeared in court Tuesday.Joshua Demmitt, 18, of Provo, also faces an arson count for a blaze at a Brigham Young University farm building in Provo that caused about $30,000 damage.Harrison David Burrows, 18, of Provo, pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal arson charges in the same fire. His faces five to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 10.The letters “ALF,” thought to stand for the Animal Liberation Front, were spraypainted at the scene on July 8.Demmitt’s lawyer asked and was granted a delay in his appearence.Warner said the two fires were not connected, but the arrest of all three men should serve as a warning to others.”Terrorism is terrorism, be it international terrorism or domestic terrorism, and the message from law enforcement and prosecutors is the same,” Warner said. “If you commit these acts, we will find out who you are, we will hunt you down, we will prosecute you and you will serve a very long time in prison.”Like Burrows, Ireland and Demmitt face five to 20 years and $250,000 in fines if they are convicted.

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