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Moore pleads guilty to charges in Southwest Plaza bombing

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By Emile Hallez

A man charged with planting a homemade bomb in Southwest Plaza Mall last April pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to related counts in federal court.

Earl Moore, 65, had previously pleaded not guilty to an arson charge in May. A plea agreement was not available at press time, though Moore faces a minimum sentence of 30 years, the U.S. attorney’s office stated.

On April 20, the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, the mall was evacuated when an employee found two small propane tanks and a poorly constructed pipe bomb burning in a back hallway of the building. The device did not explode, and no one was seriously injured.

Authorities identified Moore as a suspect in the case using video footage from mall security cameras, RTD bus cameras and DNA left at the crime scene.

Despite having occurred on the shootings’ anniversary, the date later appeared only to be coincidental.

Moore, who has a lengthy rap sheet, was arrested several days later, when an alert shopper spotted him having coffee inside a Boulder King Soopers. Moore had been released from federal prison only about a week before the incident, where he had finished a 15-year sentence for bank robbery charges.

Moore is scheduled for sentencing at 10 a.m. March 16 in Judge John Kane’s courtroom.

 

Contact Emile Hallez at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233 ext. 22.