Sanostee man pleads guilty to a federal arson charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A Sanostee man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire on the Navajo Nation has pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Derek Toledo entered his plea Friday in a federal court in Albuquerque.

Toledo was arrested in May on a criminal complaint charging him with arson and was indicted on that same charge in June.

According to court filings, Toledo set fire to the home of his former girlfriend and her children following an argument on May 9 in New Mexico’s San Juan County.

Toledo admitted using a hand lighter to ignite charcoal lighter fluid he had sprayed inside the home and onto flammable items he had thrown on the floor.

Prosecutors say Toledo faces up to life in federal prison when he’s sentenced.

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