Justin Solondz to Plead Guilty to ELF Arson

from the Olympian:

TACOMA, Wash. – A man charged in the 2001 arson that destroyed the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture is expected to plead guilty.

Justin Solondz is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges before U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton on Tuesday morning.Prosecutors say Solondz built the firebombs that started the $6 million blaze in Seattle.

Solondz was arrested in Chicago last summer following his expulsion from China, where he had been serving a prison sentence on drug charges.He faces charges including conspiracy, arson and using a destructive device in a violent crime.

The UW fire was part of a string of 17 arsons across the West by radical environmental groups, the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front. Fourteen people have been convicted of crimes related to the fires.

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