Woman suspected in apartment arson could get life in prison if convicted

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- We learned new details in court Thursday about why police say a 23-year-old woman set fire to an apartment complex last month, forcing people to jump for their lives to escape the flames.

It happened at the Copper Terrace Apartments in Centennial.

Naomi Almadovar is accused of setting the fire and she now faces 37 counts counts of attempted murder. She will likely spend the rest of her life in prison if she's convicted.

According to the arrest affidavit, the night of the fire she had a friend pick her up and drive her to the apartment complex to settle a matter with a former girlfriend.

But they first filled a can with gasoline, which investigators say she used to start the fire.

"It doesn't take a genius to figure out that but for these people taking extraordinary life-saving measures we'd be looking at one of the most horrific crimes in the history of this state," says 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.

Almadovar faces up to 590 years in prison if found guilty and given the minimum sentence on each count. Her next court appearance is scheduled next week. She remains in jail on $1 million bond.



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