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Man Charged With Arson For Fire at Children's Autism Facility

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LAS VEGAS -- Federal felony charges were filed against a Las Vegas man for attempting to destroy a local children's autism learning facility by fire and explosive devices, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Friday.

Samuel Powers, 24, was charged in an indictment Wednesday with one count of arson and one count of possession of unregistered firearms, described as Molotov cocktails. Powers was arrested by federal authorities Thursday, and made his initial appearance Friday before Magistrate Judge Carl Hoffman, who accepted the defendant's plea of not guilty.

Powers was ordered detained pending his trial, which is set for July 23 before U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro.

The indictment alleged that on April 15, Powers damaged and attempted to destroy by means of fire and explosive materials an autism facility at 7055 Windy St. in Las Vegas, and that he possessed unregistered Molotov cocktails.

If convicted, Powers faces five to 20 years on the arson charge and up to 10 years on the unregistered firearms charge, as well as fines of up to $250,000 on each charge.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Metro Police, and the Clark County Fire Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Brown is handling the prosecution.


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