LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas resident who attempted last year to destroy a local beauty supply store by fire and explosive devices pleaded guilty Thursday in that case, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Reynaldo Staana, 48, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James Mahan to one count of arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce. Sentencing is scheduled for May 6.
Staana, who is in federal custody, faces five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
According to court records, Staana had been an assistant manager at Beauty Supply Warehouse at 3310 South Nellis Blvd. but was terminated from his job in August. On Sept. 8, he entered the business after hours without permission to steal property, and intentionally used fire to ignite a flammable liquid in an effort to destroy the business. The fire caused more than $1 million in damage to the structure and its contents.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Clark County Fire Department and Metro Police. Prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Brown.