Guam – The U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced that Jonathan Cruz entered a plea of guilty in District Court to setting the fire that destroyed the National Office Supply store in Maite back in May of 2010.
U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco says in a release that Cruz pled guilty to a charge of Malicious Use of Fire – With Personal Injury.
Cruz was indicted on that charge this past April and eventually admitted that he set the fire to destroy evidence after he stole cash and goods valued at $1,700. He said he used the funds he stole to take his girlfriend out to dinner and on a shopping spree.
The 35 year old Cruz is scheduled for sentencing on November 29. He faces a minimum sentence of 7 years imprisonment and a maximum sentence is 40 years incarceration.
The U.S. Attorney credits the hard work of the agents and task force officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the ATF National Response Team, the Guam Fire Department and the Guam Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons handled the case for the Government.