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Green Mountain Falls arsonist sentenced

Arsonist Gets 12 Years

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - A Colorado Springs man convicted of setting fire to the Green Mountain Falls Town Hall in February was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison.

21-year-old Zachariah Shaffer will also have to serve 5 years of probation after serving his time in the Department of Corrections.

Shaffer is one of three men charged in the arson.  The town hall was completely destroyed in the flames.

In February, El Paso County Sheriff's deputies and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives followed up on a tip that the two people responsible for the Green Mountain Falls fire were at 2034 Eagle View Drive in Colorado Springs.

The deputies contacted Shaffer and another person who was not suspected to be involved. Both individuals said a third person, 22-year-old Kyle Lawrence, was also in the home. After a brief standoff, Lawrence voluntarily surrendered.

Lawrence met with Sheriff's detectives and agents from the ATF at the Memorial Hospital where he was taken for treatment of severe burns. He was then transferred to a burn care facility in Denver.

Shaffer also was transported to Memorial Hospital to be treated for less severe burns and was subsequently arrested and booked into the Criminal Justice Center for the charges of First Degree Arson, a class three felony, Second Degree Burglary, a class four felony, and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Arson, a class four felony.

Members from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Green Mountain Falls Police collectively investigated the case.

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