Caltech graduate student William Jensen Cottrell will spend at least five years in the big house for torching a bunch of SUVs. His sentencing is scheduled for March.
A federal jury in Los Angeles found Cottrell guilty of seven counts of arson and one count of conspiracy. He was arrested after a rampage of attacks at Hummer, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in California in August 2003. Nearly 130 vehicles were destroyed or damaged at an estimated cost of more than $3 million.
Two others named as unindicted co-conspirators remain fugitives. Tyler Johnson, a Caltech graduate, and Michie Oe are believed to have fled the country, the Los Angeles Times has reported.
The Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the attack, although no evidence was presented during the trial linking Cottrell with the radical environment group, according to the Times.
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