FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man on Tuesday was sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for burning his former girlfriend's apartment in January 2013.
Dan Curtis Thompson, 33, lived in the apartment with his ex-girlfriend until he had a "forceful physical interaction" with her, and she kicked him out, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
On Jan. 9, 2013, Thompson's twin sister drove him to the apartment in Ojo Amarillo, and he shattered the window to unlock the door and entered the residence, according to the press release. Once inside, he allegedly poured out gasoline and lit the apartment on fire before leaving with his sister.
He admitted in court that he did not check to see if anyone was inside when he lit the fire and said he had burned the apartment as retaliation. He pleaded guilty to the federal arson charge in February.
In addition to time in prison, Thompson was ordered to pay $57,415.02 to the Navajo Housing Authority for damage to the rental unit.
Thompson's sister, Christina Thompson, pleaded guilty to helping him set the fire in April. She is in federal custody awaiting her sentencing hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.