Powell, Wy – The man prosecutors say masterminded the
burning of a state Division of Criminal Investigation office has
been convicted of aiding and abetting arson.
The case goes back to August 27th, 2005, when a fire was set at
the D-C-I office in Powell.
Kevin Callen Senior was arrested about four months later.
Prosecutors said he had encouraged two local teenagers to set the
fire in order to destroy evidence in a drug case against him.
One of the teens, Levi Sherley, testified against Callen at
trial. Sherley was sentenced earlier to five to seven years in
prison, but will NOT have to serve prison time if he successfully
completes the state's boot camp program and doesn't violate the
terms of his probation.
Defense attorney David Westling said the prosecution never came
up with any better evidence than the word of one of the arsonists
who'd taken a plea deal.
The other teen, Joshua Rosenberger, was sentenced to six to
eight years in prison.
Callen wasn't immediately sentenced following Friday's trial.
Officials said a presentencing investigation could take a month or
more to complete.