U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Idaho
District of Idaho
For Immediate Release
June 16, 2011
Wendy J. Olson,, United States Attorney
Contact: Pamela Bearg, Public Information Officer or Christian S. Nafzger, Assistant United States Attorney
Men Indicted Federally on Arson and Firearms Charges
David Joseph Vonbargen, 48, of Fruitland, Idaho, and Donovan James Bolen, 21, of Payette, Idaho, were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Boise on fire, explosives and stolen firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. The eight-count indictment charges both defendants with conspiracy to use fire and explosive materials in the commission of a federal felony; conspiracy to maliciously damage and destroy a building; using fire and explosive materials in the commission of a federal felony; malicious use of explosive materials; depredation against government property; using a destructive device during and in relation to a federal crime of violence; possession of an unregistered destructive device; and possession of stolen firearms. An arraignment date has not been set. The charges arise out of the May 27 theft of firearms from the World’s Largest Pawn Shop in Fruitland.
According to the indictment, Vonbargen and Bolen conspired to use and did use Molotov cocktails to destroy a United States Department of Agriculture pick-up truck, a four-wheel ATV, and a building belonging to Western Core Company, Incorporated, in Payette. The two are also alleged to have used Molotov cocktails during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, possessed Molotov cocktails not registered to them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and possessed twelve firearms they knew were stolen.
If convicted, Vonbargen and Bolen each face imprisonment for at least 35 years and not more than life, a maximum fine of $1,760,000, and up to 26 years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the Fruitland Police Department, the Payette Police Department, the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.