Fairfax City bar owner convicted of arson
One of the owners of Bridges Billiards and Grill in Fairfax City was convicted by a federal court jury Wednesday of setting fire to the Main Street bar after a Halloween night party last year.
Ajmal A. Aman, 29, of Herndon, was one of six owners of Bridges, court records showed, and served as the company's treasurer. After the bar closed at 2 a.m. on Nov. 1, a fire broke out at 3:30 a.m.
Fairfax City fire marshals quickly suspected arson due to the smell of ignitable liquid, and Aman, whose clothes had the same odor, admitted he was the only person there when the fire occurred.
Gasoline was found throughout the burned bar, and lab tests showed that Aman's clothes had gas on them.
Federal prosecutors said Aman was suspected of stealing money from the business for personal travel and repayment of debts, and that Bridges faced heavy competition from other bars.
Aman faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison, and a maximum of 20 years, when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III on Jan. 14.
-- Tom Jackman
| October 27, 2010; 5:19 PM ET
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