Harrison David Burrows Pleads Guilty to ALF Arson

Harrison David Burrows, 18, admitted in September to setting a fire at Ellsworth Farm on the campus Brigham Young University this past July.

Burrows reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he plead guilty to one count of destruction of property by fire. In exchange for Burrows’ testimony about his actions and actions of others involved in animal rights violence, prosecutors agreed to recommend that he receive only a 5 year sentence. Burrows’ sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2005.

Burrows filed a statement as part of the plea agreement admitting his guilt and saying, “We started the fires to make a political statement on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front.” Burrows also admitted to a number of other acts of vandalism at Brigham Young University, including the release of birds and rabbits from a BYU farm. Authorities apparently don’t plan to charge him in those incidents.


18-year-old admits setting fire at BYU. Associated Press, September 15, 2004.

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