AP NEWS

Man gets prison for setting fire to GOP office in Wyoming

March 19, 2019

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge in Wyoming has sentenced a 27-year-old man to 44 months in federal prison for breaking into and burning a Republican Party office in Laramie.

Kellen M. Sorber was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper on one count of using fire to commit a felony.

Skavdahl also ordered Sorber to pay $6,200 in restitution. Upon release from prison, Sorber will remain on supervised release for three years.

In January, Sorber pleaded guilty to setting fire last September to the Albany County GOP headquarters. No one was hurt in the fire.

Public defender David Weiss says Sorber was taken up by the political outrage of the moment and acted on the spur of the moment in “sheer stupidity.”

Sorber declined to comment.