LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- A 23-year-old graduate student
has been indicted for firebombing or vandalizing 125 sports utility
vehicles in the Los Angeles area last summer, prosecutors said on
William Cottrell, who was denied bail by a
federal judge during a brief court appearance, faces more than 70
years in prison if he is convicted on all nine counts, U.S.
Attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said.
An attorney for
Cottrell, who was arrested earlier this month, could not be reached
for comment on the indictment, which was handed down late on Tuesday
and made public on Wednesday.
According to the indictment,
Cottrell, a graduate student studying physics at the California
Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and "other known and unknown
co-conspirators" went on a spree of firebombing and vandalizing
sports utility vehicles in August of last year.
his accomplices tossed Molotov cocktails into some of the cars,
spray-painting others with such slogans as "GREEDY LITTLE PIG," "FAT,
LAZY AMERICANS" and "ELF," the indictment charges.
He is also
accused of sending e-mails to the Los Angeles Times claiming
responsibility on behalf of the radical environmental group Earth