Serial Arsonist Gets 4-10 Years in Prison

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RENO, NV – Reno firefighters and residents of a Wells Avenue neighborhood say they are relieved a serial arsonist has been sentenced.

50-year-old Mike Malucelli has been sentenced to 4 to 10 years in prison for second-degree arson.

September 17, 2013, Malucelli set a fire in the basement of the house next to his home on Wonder Street. Malucelli pleaded guilty to the arson charge after Reno fire investigators presented evidence linking him to the crime.

Fire Prevention Captain Tray Palmer told Judge Adams in a written statement during sentencing that Malucelli exhibits traits of a serial arsonist. “Since May of 2009, there have been an above average number of arson fires, over 20, within a two block radius of Malucelli’s residence. Indicators at the scene linked Malucelli as a potential suspect in at least 10 of the fires,” said Palmer.

Maucelli spent time in prison for first-degree arson after setting fire to the dock of a commercial property on 4th Street in 2005. He was also sentenced to prison for an arson conviction in 1990.