TUCUMCARI, N.M. (KRQE)– A former Tucumcari police officer and another man pleaded guilty to setting abandoned buildings on fire.
Back in September, Dustin Lopez and his co-defendant Robert Sandoval set an abandoned home on fire.
While fire crews were working the blaze the two went to a vacant motel and burned it to the ground.
Lopez and Sandoval accepted a plea deal and will serve five years.
Lopez later resigned as an officer.