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Arsonist Ordered To Pay $1.4 Million Restitution

17 August 2000

RENO, NEVADA –Aug. 17, 2000 –As reported by The Associated Press: " A U.S. Park Service employee convicted of setting a fire at a Reno hotel-casino has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution as part of his sentence.

"Washoe District Judge Brent Adams on Wednesday also placed Steven A. Sandoval, 38, of Pecos, N.M., on five years probation.

"A jury in April found Sandoval guilty of two counts of arson in the July 23, 1999, fire that raced through a 12-story atrium of artificial plants forced the predawn evacuation of about 900 hotel rooms at the Atlantis Casino Resort.

"…Officials said he became angry and set the fire when hotel security twice went to his room on complaints of a loud party.

'Sandoval has denied deliberately setting the fire…"

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