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Moffat Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to United States Post Office

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced Donald Albert Renner, 71, of Moffat, pleaded guilty to willfully injuring property of the United States, a felony.

According to the plea agreement, in the early morning of July 16, 2021, the defendant used gasoline as an accelerant to start a fire outside of the Moffat Post Office, located at 17363 Highway 17, in Moffat, Colorado. Evidence of fire (smoke damage and/or thermal damage) from that fire was discovered on the exterior of the post office, inside the post office, inside a blue collection box near the entrance of the post office, and on the concrete area in front of the post office. Fire investigators recovered two carpet samples from in the interior of the post office and one sample from a mat outside the post office that contained gasoline. The fire caused approximately $12,000 of total damage.

Judge William J. Martinez presided over the change of plea hearing and set sentencing for April 26, 2023.

This case was jointly investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Albert Buchman.

Case Number: 22-cr-00074


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Deborah Takahara
Public Affairs Specialist

Updated October 14, 2022