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Dec 20, 2012 8:13 AM by Eugene Daniels

Man to be sentenced in bookstore arson case

DENVER (AP) - A man accused of breaking into a suburban Denver bookstore and planting three homemade bombs is expected to be sentenced on federal charges.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/ZRfx6A) that David Lawless is scheduled for sentencing in federal court Thursday. He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.

Authorities say Lawless forced his way into a Borders bookstore and planted two crude bombs fashioned from propane tanks in June 2011. One exploded, causing little damage. A third propane tank device planted outside the store failed to ignite.

According to a plea deal, Lawless also confessed to planting a similar device at a Denver restaurant the day before.

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