Man Sentenced to Prison for Attempted Courthouse Arson

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HARRISBURG, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Samson Yohe, age 30, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced Friday to 60 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson for malicious attempt to destroy a building by fire and explosive.  Judge Wilson also ordered Yohe to pay restitution in the amount of $280.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, on the evening of December 22, 2019, Yohe threw an incendiary device consisting of an antique bottle filled with an unidentified liquid, several matches, and a white cotton sock at a window of the Adams County Courthouse.  The device did not ignite, but did damage the window causing $280 in damage.

The conviction was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Gettysburg Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daryl F. Bloom and Scott R. Ford prosecuted the case.

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