Arson suspect Naomi Almodovar faces 71 felonies carrying possible penalty of up to 1,972 years

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - If an arson suspect is convicted of all the felony counts formally filed against her Thursday, she could face a maximum sentence of nearly two millennia.

Naomi Almodovar, 23, is accused of 71 felonies for allegedly starting a fire at the Copper Terrace Apartments in June that injured eight people and destroyed four units. Investigators said the fire on June 23 began in a stairwell in building G of the apartment complex at around 1 a.m. That building is located on South Dayton Street near Arapahoe Road in Centennial.

Within a day of the fire, Undersheriff Louie Perea said investigators found evidence suggesting that arson was a strong possibility. The evidence included signals from arson dogs trained to smell chemical accelerants.

Almodovar was arrested on July 18. She appeared in Arapahoe County Court Thursday for a formal filing of charges.

Of the 71 felony counts, 37 are for first degree attempted murder.

"If convicted of all the charges, she faces a minimum of 590 years and a maximum of 1,972 years in prison," said Michelle Yi, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.

Almodovar's next hearing is set for July 30.

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