A man who helped rob and set fire to AAAA Self-Storage in Virginia Beach, Va., last September, endangering the lives of three people, was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week.
Dustin Lee Hess, 23, pleaded guilty in January to four counts of burglary, three counts of grand larceny, one count of conspiracy, and one count of arson in connection with a burglary and fire at the self-storage facility on Honeygrove Road.
Hess and his partner in crime, Joshua Hutchins, cut the locks on several units at the storage facility and stole stored property, then set two units on fire. One of the units was attached to the facility manager’s apartment. The manager and her two small children managed to escape unharmed. Twelve total units were damaged by the blaze.
Security video and pawn-shop records tied Hess to the stolen property. In addition to his 10-year prison term, he was sentenced to indefinite supervised probation and ordered to have no contact with the victims.
Hutchins is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4.
Source: FOX 43 TV Hampton Roads, Arsonist to serve 10 years in prison
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