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    Man Guilty of Arson at Lakewood Home

    (Golden, CO – February 22, 2017) First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir announced today that a Jefferson County jury has found Christopher Magana, DOB: 1-25-89, guilty of 19 felony counts for causing a house fire in Lakewood in April, 2016. There were 14 victims in the house; nine were under the age of 18.

    One of the residents of the duplex was Marilyn Sanchez-Naba, DOB: 2-1-96.

    Magana and Ms. Sanchez-Naba had been dating, on again, off again, for just under a year. Ms. Sanchez-Naba had recently ended the relationship. Magana did not accept the break-up. Testimony at trial was that he had continued to text her and that he had threatened to set her car on fire in the weeks prior.

    At 3:30 a.m. on April 12, 2016 Lakewood police and the West Metro Fire Protection District were called to a duplex at 5615 W. 5th Street because two cars and a residence were on fire. There were five adults and nine children inside the residence.

    Ms. Sanchez-Naba’s vehicle was parked a few feet from the house. There was testimony from fire investigators that the fire started with the car and that there were three ignition points. Gasoline was used as an accelerant. As the car became engulfed, the tires exploded, waking the people inside the house which allowed them to escape unharmed. The fire then spread to the house.

    The Lakewood Police Department arrested Magana later the same day.

    Following four days of trial, the jury deliberated eight hours before returning guilty verdicts on 18 counts of Arson and one count of Criminal Mischief.

    “This situation had the potential to be deadly,” said DA Pete Weir, “There was a history of domestic violence between Magana and Ms. Sanchez-Naba. Domestic Violence is always about power and control. We are very fortunate that everyone survived.”

    Sentencing has been set for March 29 at 3:00. Magana could face a significant prison sentence.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    February 22, 2017

    Christopher Magana

    Last Updated: 2-22-2017
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