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Pet Store Owner in Solitary Confinement

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LAS VEGAS -- Gloria Lee, the woman accused of setting her pet store on fire, is being held in solitary confinement due to threats against her, her attorney said.

Lee appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court for a status check Tuesday morning. Dressed in a navy blue jumpsuit, makeup-free, and bound by handcuffs, Lee sat quietly in the courtroom.

She was jailed on Friday after her bail was raised to $310,000. She, and a co-defendant, Kirk Bills, are facing 31 counts of arson, burglary and cruelty to animal charges in the Jan. 27 fire at the Prince and Princess Puppies & Boutique. There were 27 puppies in the shop at the time of the fire. A sprinkler system and quick firefighter response kept the puppies from dying.

Bills was arrested Friday in Crown Point, Indiana and will be extradited back to Las Vegas.

Lee's attorney, Ozzie Fumo, said he thought the judge was being unfair to set Lee's bail so high.

"Standard bail in Nevada for the 27 additional counts she received is $1,000 per count. For some reason, the judge made it $310,000. In my opinion, it's a pre-trial punishment," Fumo said.

At issue, was an escape conviction in California more than a decade ago. Fumo argued it was not a conviction, but a charge for failing to check in, on time, with a probation officer.

Fumo said it has been a very difficult time for Lee and her family.

"They're devastated, absolutely devastated. Her father was a minister and passed away last year. her mother is elderly. Her sister is supportive, but everyone is upset. No one likes to see their loved one go through something like this," Fumo said.

Lee is due back in court for her preliminary hearing on Feb. 24.

 

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