WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – A man was convicted on Wednesday of an arson attack on an apartment building in West Valley City.

Luis Fernando Bueso-Romero, 23, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison after admitting to setting fire to the Overlook Point apartments in West Valley City on February 1, 2020.

According to court documents, Bueso-Romero admitted in federal court that he poured gasoline on the building on February 1, 2020, and then set the gasoline on fire, causing the fire and the flames of the building, which contained eight apartments.

Bueso-Romero said he set the building on fire because of the “sense of betrayal he felt towards his ex-girlfriend who had recently left him and who was occupying one of the Overlook Point apartments at the time of the incident. ‘criminal fire”.

In addition to the 60-month sentence, Bueso Romero must pay $ 885,335.95 in restitution to the victims of his crime.

“Arson is a serious crime which endangers the lives of innocent victims living inside buildings as well as the safety of the firefighters who are responsible for responding to the blaze,” said the Acting State Attorney. United, Andrea T. Martinez. “Federal and local fire investigators are extremely adept at uncovering the sources and persons responsible for these acts and we hope that the five-year federal prison handed down in this case will deter future arson in our community. “


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