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Missoula man sentenced to prison for blowing up ATM

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Missoula ATM fire suspect changes plea
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Posted at 12:10 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 21:36:49-04

MISSOULA — A Missoula man who admitted pouring gasoline on an ATM machine and setting it on fire, causing an explosion, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Guy Murray Culligan, 58, pleaded guilty in January to malicious use of explosive material. Prosecutors stated in court documents that on Nov. 7, 2019, the Missoula police and fire departments responded to a report of an explosion at First Security Bank and found an ATM that had been set on fire.

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An ATM at the First Security Bank branch on East Broadway was lit on fire Thursday morning.

The ATM was damaged as a result of the explosion, which was caused by a buildup of gasoline vapors inside the machine. Damage to the ATM was approximately $30,000.

A witness told investigators about seeing Culligan light the ATM on fire and calling the Missoula Police Department to report the incident. The explosion shattered the windows of Culligan's vehicle, and the witness provided a description of the vehicle.

Law enforcement located Culligan in a damaged vehicle, with its windows blown out. Culligan had singed facial hair and an ATM keypad was in his vehicle. Culligan admitted he poured gasoline over the ATM and threw a lit object at it to ignite it, causing the explosion.