Man sentenced in bookstore arson case

DENVER — A man accused of breaking into a suburban Denver bookstore and planting three homemade bombs has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Denver Post reports that David Lawless was sentenced in federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to use of a destructive device during a crime of violence. As part of a plea agreement, he agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and provide information about other individuals.

Authorities say Lawless forced his way into a Borders bookstore and planted two crude bombs fashioned from propane tanks in June 2011. One exploded, causing little damage. A third propane tank device planted outside the store failed to ignite.

According to the plea deal, Lawless also confessed to planting a similar device at a Denver restaurant the day before.



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