Thursday, January 13, 2011

Man Sentenced for Commerce City Horse Stable Fire

Adams/Broomfield county District Attorney, Don Quick, announced the sentencing of Narciso Amaya-Bustillos (dob: 10/29/73) for the burning of a horse stable causing the death of 12 horses and other animals in Commerce City, CO.

On May 9, 2010 at approximately 3:20 PM, Commerce City law enforcement responded to the area of 8468 Uinta Street in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, law enforcement observed that a horse stable was fully engulfed in flames and several males were attempting to rescue animals locked in the stalls. Rescue workers reported they could hear horses screaming when they arrived. It was later determined that the stable housed 12 horses, a goat and several chickens. All the animals perished in the fire.

Amaya-Bustillos lost his arm while attempting to flee the area by train on May 12, 2010. Amaya-Bustillos pled guilty to Second Degree Arson (F4) and Aggravated cruelty to Animals (F6) on November 11, 2010.

“This is the most severe case of animal cruelty I have seen in my 20-plus years as a prosecutor. Placing human and animal lives in such jeopardy is inexcusable” says Quick. “The Commerce City Police and Fire Departments are to be commended. If not for their heroic efforts, human lives would have been lost as well that day.”

Amaya-Bustillos was sentenced to by Adams County District Court Judge Patrick Murphy to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and ordered to pay $149,380.00 in restitution.

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