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Tacoma – A 32-year-old former Puyallup, Washington, man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to three years of probation including one year of home confinement for Conspiracy to destroy energy facilities, announced U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Matthew Greenwood pleaded guilty in April 2023, admitting that he and co-defendant Jeremy Crahan, 40, vandalized four power substations and plotted to fell trees to take out power lines. Both men were arrested before the tree plan was put into action. Chief U.S. District Judge David G. Estudillo said the crime was very serious, but he also recognized that the defendant had made great progress since his arrest.
Prosecutors joined with U.S. Probation in recommending the probationary sentence so that Greenwood could continue his progress toward a drug free and law-abiding life.
According to the facts in the plea agreement, Greenwood and Crahan hatched the scheme to disrupt power so they could break into ATMs and businesses and steal money. On December 25, 2022, they damaged four substations:
Co-defendant Jeremy Crahan was not successful in drug treatment and was sentenced in December to 18 months in prison.
The FBI investigated the case with assistance from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), Tacoma Police Department, the Washington State Department of Corrections, and the Federal Protective Service.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.