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Roseville Galleria Arsonist Strikes Plea Deal

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Roseville Galleria mall fire

Flames and smoke pour out of the Roseville Galleria Mall Thursday. (CBS)

ROSEVILLE (CBS) – The man accused of setting a fire that caused more than $50 million in damage to the Westfield Roseville Galleria entered a guilty plea in federal court Tuesday morning.

Alexander Piggee, 24, plead guilty to setting a fire at a Wal-Mart store that caused minor damage and the fire at the Galleria. Both fires were set on Oct. 21 of last year. He also entered a guilty plea for a third fire that he set in Sacramento County.

CBS 13 Reporter Koula Gianulias:

He was first charged with arson by the County of Roseville; however, those charges were dropped when the federal indictment was handed down charging him with two counts of arson.

In return for the guilty pleas, he will be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, and waives his right to an appeal.

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