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Plant City Man Sentenced to Five Years in Jacksonville Arson

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He admitted setting the house, which belonged to his employer, on fire, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

JACKSONVILLE – A Plant City man was sentenced to five years’ in federal prison after he was found guilty of burning down his employer’s house, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

Pedro Sanchez, 35, of Plant City, was found guilt of arson on Jan. 3 after a bench trial. The court also ordered Sanchez to pay $15,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, on Jan. 10, 2018, Sanchez set fire to a house located on Lamanto Avenue N in Jacksonville. The house belonged to his employer, and the employer had assigned Sanchez to renovate the house and prepare it for sale. Eyewitnesses said they saw Sanchez walking away from the house after it had erupted into flames. Sanchez later admitted to law enforcement that he had set the house on fire.

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