Second man sentenced in Juneau arson fire

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- A man convicted of burning down a Juneau self-storage building was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday.

Cricensio Bagoyo, 23, was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to 12 years in prison with four years suspended and 10 years of probation. He also was ordered to pay restitution. He pleaded guilty in November to felony charges of arson and theft.

Bagoyo and Michael Blevins, 22, were convicted of a short crime spree that began June 2 with a break-in at Gastineau Human Services, a nonprofit halfway house near Lemon Creek, where they stole more than $1,000 in cash and checks as well as several credit cards.

The pair then went to the Juneau Self-Storage facility, where they stole items and set the building on fire to cover fingerprints.

Blevins was sentenced last week to seven and a half years in prison with three years suspended and three years of probation.

During his sentencing hearing, Bagoyo apologized to the community, especially to victims who lost mementos such as family photos and to a man who lost Tlingit artifacts.

The fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage and endangered the lives of firefighters.

Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks ordered Bagoyo to pay $831,805 in restitution, with $14,000 -- the amount of insurance deductibles paid by victims -- to be paid to victims first.

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