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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Destroy Beauty Supply Store By Arson

      LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A man pleaded guilty today to maliciously attempting to destroy a local beauty supply store by fire and explosive devices, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. 

            Reynaldo Staana, 48, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to one count of arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 6, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.  Staana, who is in federal custody on the charges, faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000.

            According to the court records filed in the case, Staana had been an assistant manager at Beauty Supply Warehouse located at 3310 South Nellis Boulevard in Las Vegas but was terminated from his position in August 2013.  On about Sept. 8, 2013, Staana entered the business after hours without permission in order to commit theft of property, and while inside the business, intentionally and maliciously used fire to ignite a flammable liquid with intent to destroy the business.  The fire caused more than $1 million in damage to structure and contents. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Clark County Fire Department, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina M. Brown.

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