A Fruitland man was convicted of conspiracy, arson and theft in a plot to steal firearms using Molotov cocktails, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced Friday.
During a five-day trial, jurors were presented evidence of a scheme that David Joseph VonBargen, 50, hatched with co-defendant Donovan James Bolen, 22, also of Fruitland, to steal 12 weapons - including rifles and pistols - from the Worlds Largest Pawn Shop in Fruitland. To divert attention from the break-in on May 27, 2011, the pair used Molotov cocktails to set fire to two U.S. Department of Agriculture vehicles and a lumber warehouse belonging to Western Core Door, Inc., in Payette.
VonBargen faces 35 years to life in prison and up to $1,760,000 in fines when he is sentenced June 25 before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
For his role, Bolen was sentenced in February to 444 months in prison. He was ordered to pay $162,124.87 in restitution to Western Core Door and the Department of Agriculture.