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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Man Who Tried To Firebomb LDS Chapels Found Innocent But Insane
Las Vegas NV Sun (AP) 17Mar00 D1
By Robert Macy: Associated Press


Insanity verdict entered for suspect in fires
Las Vegas NV Sun 17Mar00 D2
By Kim Smith

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- James Carbullido, who tried to firebomb more than nine LDS chapels in the Las Vegas Valley starting in July, 1998 was found innocent by reason of insanity Thursday in a Las Vegas court. According to testimony, Carbullido suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, but prosecutors were unable to determine his motive for trying to firebomb the LDS chapels. Fortunately, only three of the devices ignited, and even those three were quickly extinguished.

"Thank God he was not proficient at constructing incendiary devices," said assistant U.S. attorney Thomas O'Connell. "People were inside the churches when the devices were discovered. He was definitely dangerous." Carbullido will be evaluated in a federal medical facility, "He won't be released until it's determined he's no longer dangerous," O'Connell said.

Carbullido left 'incendiary devices' at LDS chapels starting in July 1998 and continuing for a year, after which he began leaving Post-it notes "with cryptic messages about the fires" on mail boxes and light poles in downtown Las Vegas, according to O'Connell. Authorities were able to check fingerprints on the notes and police were able to identify Carbullido as a suspect.

Most of the incendiary devices were one gallon milk or water containers filled with gasoline. They were either tossed in the chapels or left in parking lots.


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