MTU Firebomber Gets 3 Years

The man who tried to firebomb the Michigan Tech campus in 2001 will spend 3 years in federal prison.

27-year-old Ian Wallace will then have a year of supervised release, 100 hours of community service, and more than $1 million of restitution to pay.

Wallace pleaded guilty 5 months ago to attempted depravation of U.S. federal property.

He’s now a grad student at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York.

And he’ll even be able to continue his studies from his prison cell.

Wallace was once a member of the Earth Liberation Front, a group the FBI has classified as eco-terrorists.

Back in November 2001, he placed homemade firebombs outside 2 buildings at Michigan Tech’s Forestry Center.

But the timers on the bombs didn’t work, so they never went off.

He cooperated with authorities investigating a different eco-terrorism case from Rhinelander, Wisconsin where the incident happened in 2000.