NM man pleads guilty to a federal arson charge

January 13, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has [auth] pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge in connection with a 2012 fire on the Zia Pueblo reservation in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Lawrence Shije entered his plea Monday.

He was accused of setting fire to a dwelling on Zia Pueblo on June 30, 2012.

The owner of the residence is the mother of his two children. Authorities say she and the children were in the home at the time of the fire.

There were no reported injuries and authorities say only a small area of the residence was burned.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors say Shije will be sentenced to 366 days in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

His sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

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