Crime and Courts

Nov 10, 2011 6:20 PM by KBZK Media Center

Bozeman man sentenced for setting fire to law office of man he says he was hired to kill

A Bozeman man, who says he was hired to kill an attorney but couldn't do it and set fire to the law office's building instead, has been sentenced in federal court in Missoula.

Frank Wayne Campbell, 43, was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison with three years supervised release after pleading guilty to arson affecting interstate commerce and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, on Sept. 11, 2008, Campbell set fire to a Bozeman building that housed a law office and a gift store. The building was badly damaged and both businesses were shut down.

Campbell was arrested on July 5, 2009 and reportedly admitted that he was a felon in possession of a firearm and that he was supposed to kill a Bozeman attorney for the man's wife, but could not bring himself to do it. During a police investigation, Campbell reportedly admitted to setting the fire to burn down the building that housed the law office.

The owner of the law firm and the owner of the gift store said that each business affected interstate commerce with clients and customers from out of state and purchases of supplies from outside the State of Montana, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Campbell also reportedly admitted to possessing a Savage .22 caliber rifle with a barrel length of approximately 2.25 inches and an overall length of approximately 12 inches.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bozeman Police Department and Montana Probation and Parole.


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