Harrison David Burrows, Josh Demmitt Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years

Convicted animal rights terrorists Harrison David Burrows, 18, and Josh Demmitt, 19, were sentenced in January to two-and-a-half years each in prison for their in an arson at Brigham Young University.

Burrows reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in October 2004 and plead guilty to one count of felony destruction of property by fire. He faced up to five years on that charge. In return for the plea agreement, Burrows agreed to testify against Josh Demmitt whom Burrows told prosecutors was also involved in the arson.

Demmitt also decided to take a plea bargain and plead guilty in October 2004 to one county of felony destruction of property by fire as well.

Burrows and Demmitt helped set fire to an animal husbandry farm on Ellsworth Farm at Brigham Young University on July 8, 2004. The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in damage.


Second Man Sentenced for Utah Farm Fire. Associated Press, January 18, 2005.

SLC Snitch: Harrison David Burrows. No Compromise, Issue 25.

Teen gets 2 1/2 years for setting BYU eco-terror fire. Associated Press, January 11, 2005.

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.

Man Admits ALF Arson

Following his July 23 arrest, Harrison David Burrows, 18, admitted to FBI agents that he was responsible for a July 8 arson at an animal sciences facility on the campus of Brigham Young University.

The Desert Morning News reported,

According to charging documents, Burrows told an FBI agent he and another man entered BYU’s Ellsworth Farm in the early morning hours of July 8 carrying several plastic containers of combustible fuel. Burrows said he poured the fuel on large cardboard bales in a recycling area of the farm, documents state, and then lit the materials with a match.

Burrows also allegedly told investigators he called a local television station and claimed responsibility in the name of ALF.

Burrows was charged with destruction of property by fire and use of a destructive device during the commission of a crime which could earn him a minimum of 35 years in jail if he’s convicted on both counts.

Burrows was caught through the oldest cliche in the book — he returned to the scene of the crime with his roommate to watch the fire that he had just set. A BYU police officer questioned him and Burrows gave him his birth date and address. Two weeks later, police searched the address and found tools that had been taken from the animal facility.


Activists admit setting BYU fire. Angie Welling, Deseret Morning News, July 27, 2004.