Fort Collins man found guilty of arson
More than a month after his latest trial began, Benjamin Gilmore was found guilty on Friday of deliberately igniting the 2011 Penny Flats fire.Yeah, there's more tolerance and peaceful protest that we've come to expect from the OccupySomething crowd. Want to bring people to your side? Commit arson that cause some $10 million in property damage! Because, you know, nothing says "peaceful demonstration" like burning a building with people inside it. That's tolerance right there!
Gilmore, 31, had been on trial since Sept. 16. The jury found him guilty of arson, burglary and criminal mischief, but not guilty on four other counts, including attempted murder.
You know what the best part of this story is? It's the heaping helping of hypocrisy on top of the destruction of private property and attempted murder:
According to archive accounts of the incident, a key piece of evidence at the time of Gilmore's arrest was a Rolex watch bearing his name that had been found in the debris near the scaffolding used to access the start of the fire.Emphasis mine. Because, you know, nothing says "struggling worker being downtrodden by the wealthiest 1%" like a watch that cost more than most people's rent, right? I mean, what else is this guy leaving around? Faberge eggs at all of his assaults in the Occupy camp? Maybe he drops a Tiffany necklace whenever he defecates on a police car?
Yeah, Sparky, way to show the people you're one of the little guys wearing a watch that costs a grand or more while committing felonies...
That is all.