SALT LAKE CITY -- A British Columbia man accused of traveling to Utah to start arson fires has been sentenced to 120 months in prison.
Tien Ming Chen had been charged in federal court in Salt Lake City with interstate travel to commit violence, possession of an unregistered destructive device, use of a fire to commit a felony and being an alien in possession of a firearm.
Authorities say he pleaded guilty this week to two felonies in an agreement with prosecutors. The 30-year-old Vancouver man had faced up to 80 years in prison if convicted on the original charges.
Prosecutors say he traveled to Utah last year to leave threatening letters at homes in Utah County. Later, they say he lit a fire at one home and threw fire bombs at another.