In a hearing today, Walter Bond changed his plea to “guilty” in charges he set fire to two businesses in the Salt Lake City area. Prosecutors say Bond set fires at the Tandy Leather Factory Store and the Tiburon restaurant. Total damages were more than $10,000. Both were claimed by the Animal Liberation Front.
Bond is already serving a 5-year sentence after pleading guilty in Colorado to burning down Sheepskin Factory, a retail store that sold sheepskins.
This is a view of the burned-out Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City:
A judge set Bond’s sentencing for Sept. 19, where he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Media reports were conflicting, but it appears prosecutors will not be asking for the Utah sentence to run back-to-back with his current Colorado sentence.
An excerpt from the Sheepskin Factory communique, which Bond took credit for:
“Be warned that making a living from the use and abuse of animals will not be tolerated,” ALF Lone Wolf wrote in the aftermath of the Sheepskin Factory fire. “Also be warned that leather is every bit as evil as fur, as demonstrated in my recent arson against the Leather Factory in Salt Lake City. Go vegan!”
Please write Walter a letter of support:
Davis County Jail
Walter Bond 2011-03339
PO Box 130
Farmington UT 84025-0130
And check out Walter Bond’s support site: