DENVER -- An animal rights activist from Salt Lake City faces up to 20 years in prison for setting fire to a Denver-area store that sells products made from sheepskin.
Thirty-four-year-old Walter Edmund Bond pleaded guilty in November to one count of use of fire or explosives to destroy property and one count of force, violence and threats against an animal enterprise in the April fire at the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale. He is being sentenced Friday.
A public defender says Bond let his concern for animals overwhelm his judgment and is asking for a sentence of just under four years.
Bond also faces federal charges in Utah for fires at the Salt Lake City Tandy Leather Factory Store, and the Tiburon Fine Dining restaurant in Sandy.