United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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GAINESVILLE MAN SENTENCED
FOR MOLOTOV COCKTAIL INCIDENT
PLANO, TX - U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 32-year-old Gainesville man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
According to information presented in court, on Feb. 21, 2006, York intended to burn down the Cooke County Courthouse using a Molotov cocktail. The incident was in retaliation for state criminal charges filed against him, including the seizure and forfeiture of his vehicle. A three-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Sept. 2007, charging York with arson, use of a destructive device during a crime of violence, and possession of an unregistered firearm.
This case was investigated by the Gainesville Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tracey M. Batson and Terri L. Hagan.
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