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Man pleads guilty to arson in SLC apartment blaze

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Dec 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-15 19:01:21-05

SALT LAKE CITY — An electrician pleaded guilty to setting fire to a downtown apartment building in February.

Dustin J. Bowman pleaded guilty to arson in federal court Monday.

The 4-alarm fire of an apartment complex, 540 E. 500 South, occurred Feb. 9. Salt Lake City Fire responded to the scene at about 6 p.m. where flames were seen as high as 100 feet in the air.

The U.S. Attorney’s office requested that the 33-year-old man serve a four-year prison sentence and impose a fine of nearly $3 million.

A sentencing date is scheduled for March 14.

The $8 million project was under construction and officials say Bowman was an electrician working on site.

The high-end apartment building was set to open in June, said Jeremy Krause, superintendent for the project contractor, U.S. Development.

Detectives with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives came to Salt Lake City to assist in the investigation with the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

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