A dentist who set his automobile on fireplace to disable a Las Vegas-area energy plant goes to jail for no less than two years. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Clark County District Courtroom Choose Ronald Israel has sentenced Colorado dentist Mohammed Mesmarian to a minimal two years in jail for disabling a solar energy plant within the Las Vegas space.
set his automobile on fireplace to disable the plant
Mesmarian drove via the fence of the Mega Photo voltaic Array facility in January 2023 earlier than continuing to set his automobile on fireplace to disable the plant. In line with 8 Information Now, the southern Nevada photo voltaic facility powers properties belonging to MGM Resorts Worldwide.
Mesmarian, who has already spent a yr behind bars, initially confronted fees of committing an act of terrorism.
As an alternative, Choose Israel on Tuesday sentenced the dentist with felony arson and property destruction following his plea of psychological sickness in November. In line with court docket paperwork, Mesmarian sat in a chair for round quarter-hour watching his automobile burn.
Mesmarian’s lawyer mentioned his consumer’s act was much less about terrorism however extra a person “going via private points throughout COVID, the lack of a wedding and his enterprise.”
Though the choose sentenced Mesmarian to 2 to 10 years, as he’s served time already, he may very well be up for parole in early 2024. In accordance 8 Information Now, the dentist apologized to the owners of the solar plant and his parents, stating: “I used to be not in my proper frame of mind.”