Shiprock man gets prison term in arson case

June 24, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for setting fire to his former girlfriend’s rented home in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Dan Curtis [auth] Thompson received a 35-year prison term Tuesday followed by five years of supervised release.

Thompson also was ordered to pay more than $57,000 to the Navajo Housing Authority for damages to the home.

Thompson was arrested last October on suspicion of arson. He was accused of setting fire to an occupied rental unit in Ojo Amarillo on Jan. 9, 2013.

Thompson pleaded guilty in the case in February.

He told authorities that he lived at the home with the woman until she threw him out. Thompson used gasoline to set the home on fire in retaliation.

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