Lucas Piper gets 22 year sentence for setting fire to Lakewood home with 9 people inside

Girlfriend, Rachel Lewin, also charged with arson

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A man who pled guilty to setting fire to an occupied house in Lakewood in July, 2013, was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Lucas Jay Piper, 23, and another suspect in the case, Rachel Dawn Lewin, 21, set the fire at the home on the 12300 block of W. Viewpoint Drive in retaliation against the nine people who lived there.

Everyone inside the home escaped without injury, but the house sustained moderate fire damage.

The investigation revealed that a large number of people had returned to the house after a late night concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Piper and Lewin knew the others only through mutual friends.

A bonfire was then lit in the back yard of the house and one of the residents began to demonstrate his hobby of "fire twirling" for the group until Piper and two others were injured by the fire demonstration.

Police said Piper became very angry and left the home, saying that he was going to come back and burn the house down. 

Officers believe a short time later, Piper and Lewin came back and used a flammable liquid to ignite the fire.

Piper pled guilty on April 4 to one count of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Lewin was also arrested in this case and charged with attempted first degree murder and arson. She is due back in court on May 15. 

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