Guilty plea in pot lab blaze

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES -

A Los An­ge­les man has pleaded guilty to op­er­at­ing a mar­i­juana lab that sparked a blaze at a six-story down­town build­ing last sum­mer.

Rafael Sark­isyan, 34, pleaded guilty Mon­day to man­u­fac­tur­ing a con­trolled sub­stance, reck­lessly caus­ing a fire and an­i­mal cru­elty.

Pros­e­cu­tors say af­ter fire­fight­ers doused the flames they dis­cov­ered a mar­i­juana grow­ing and ex­trac­tion lab. Po­lice also found two dogs that ap­par­ently died in the fire.

No in­juries were re­ported.

Sark­isyan will be sen­tenced Aug. 4 and is ex­pected to re­ceive six years and eight months in state prison.

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