Payette man convicted in federal fire-bombing case

Payette man convicted in federal fire-bombing case

22-year-old James Bolen of Payette

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by KTVB.COM and Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 5:34 PM

BOISE -- A 22-year-old western Idaho man was convicted in federal court of using Molotov cocktails to torch a business where he'd stolen firearms.

After a five-day jury trial, Donovan James Bolen of Payette was convicted in U.S. District Court in Boise on Tuesday of carrying the fiery devices during and in relation to a federal crime of violence in May 2011.

He was also found guilty of conspiracy to maliciously use explosive materials, conspiracy to maliciously damage federal property and theft.

Prosecutors alleged Bolen and an accomplice, 50-year-old David Joseph Vonbargen of Fruitland, used Molotov cocktails to destroy a U.S. Department of Agriculture truck and all-terrain vehicle, as well as other properties.

When Vonbargen and Bolen were pulled over, police say they found several stolen weapons in the bed of their truck. Investigators believe the firearms were stolen that same night from the World's Largest Pawn Shop in Fruitland.

Prosecutors say Bolen faces at least 35 years in prison.

A trial date for Vonbargen hasn't been set.

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