Bar owner sen­tenced for Hal­loween ar­son

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Tom Jack­man

A Fair­fax City bar owner was sen­tenced to five years in prison Fri­day for torch­ing his bar on Hal­loween night 2009.

Aj­mal A. Aman, 29, of Hern­don was part owner and man­ager of Bridges Bil­liards and Grill, on the first floor of the Mosby Tower on Main Street in Fair­fax City. Af­ter Bridges closed, early on Nov. 1, 2009, a fire erupted. Fire­fight­ers and in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rived to find Aman, who smelled of gaso­line. Lab tests de­ter­mined that gaso­line was used to set the fire, and that gaso­line was on Aman’s clothes. Aman was ar­rested.

Aman went to trial in Oc­to­ber 2010, and pros­e­cu­tors said ev­i­dence showed he had used his po­si­tion as trea­surer of the bar to steal money for per­sonal travel and re­pay­ment of debts. Pros­e­cu­tors the­o­rized that com­pe­ti­tion from other bars may also have been a mo­tive, and a jury con­victed Aman of ar­son.

U.S. District Judge T. S. El­lis III sen­tenced Aman to the min­i­mum five years in prison and or­dered him to pay $742,790 in resti­tu­tion for the dam­age caused by the fire. Bridges has not re­opened.

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