Man pleads guilty in New Mexico arson case; Facing life term

March 5, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mesita man has pleaded guilty to an arson charge in a 2016 fire in New Mexico’s Cibola County and now faces a sentence of up to life in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Brian Dyea entered into a plea agreement Monday at a federal court in Albuquerque.

Dyea was arrested in December 2017 on an indictment charging with him arson.

He was accused of setting fire to and burning a building on the Laguna Pueblo in June 2016.

Dyea admitted to setting fire to his father’s trailer, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Authorities say Dyea’s dad was still inside the trailer and the time and suffered minor smoke inhalation.

Dyea remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing that has yet to be scheduled.

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