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Man gets 10 years in Vegas autism center arson

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after authorities say he set a fire in a Las Vegas learning center for children with autism.

Samuel Powers was also sentenced Friday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in July to felony counts of arson and possession of unregistered firearms.

Federal prosecutors say Powers forcibly entered a business called Sport Social on April 15 and set fires using gasoline and Molotov cocktails. Authorities say the fire could have killed or injured people next door had it not been for an effective sprinkler system.

The fire caused about $50,000 in damage to Sport Social, which teaches social skills to children with autism through sports and art.

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