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Former Occupy Protester Found Guilty of Penny Flats Arson in Fort Collins [VIDEO]

After one mistrial last year, and six days of jury deliberation this year, Benjamin David Gilmore has been convicted of his crimes.

31-year-old Gilmore, who was an activist with the Occupy Fort Collins movement, was convicted of setting the 2011 fire that caused $10 million to an Old Town apartment building, and threatened almost two dozen lives.

Although found guilty of arson, criminal mischief, and burglary, Gilmore was acquitted of more serious charges prosecutors were pushing for, including attempted murder.

Still, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Evidence against Gilmore included his Rolex watch, which was found in two pieces among the debris near scaffolding inside the building: The bezel was on the second floor, where the fire started; the rest of the watch was on the ground floor. Gilmore’s hands had burns, and photos and video that prosecutors used as evidence showed he wasn’t wearing bandages and gloves until after the fire.

[via The Coloradoan.]

I guess this is proof that the system works.

Check out the short video below for some more info.

Are you happy with the jury’s decision?  Let us know in the comments!

NEXT: Watch Our Interview with Gilmore from Right Before he Committed Arson!

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