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Arsonist Gets 10 Years in Autism Center Fire

(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The man who tried to firebomb a children’s autism center in Las Vegas has been given a 10 year prison term.

Samuel Powers pleaded guilty this summer arson and firearms charges. Authorities say he attempted to set fire to Sport Social, a facility that provides services to autistic children, and several nearby businesses on Windy Street.

The incident happened in April.

Powers’ sentence included three years of supervised release and payment of $80 thousand in restitution.

In an interview with KXNT, U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogdan said the motive in the case was unclear. Powers indicated to investigators he had a grudge against certain individuals. He said the arson was deliberate and could have caused far more damage and injuries, even deaths, if fire crews had not arrived as quickly as they did. Bogdan estimates that Powers will serve at least 8 1/2 years of his ten year term.



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