RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A former Riverside liquor store owner who paid to have his competitor’s shop burned to the ground was sentenced today to 11 years and 8 months in state prison.
Munir “Mark” Hawara of Moreno Valley was charged with four counts of arson and several sentencing enhancements tied to four blazes set from January to November 2016.
Hawara, who owned Tyler Market at 4773 Tyler St. in Riverside, paid two men to set four fires at Sunny Liquor & Market in the 4800 block of Tyler, resulting in more than $200,000 in damage, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Police said the incidents were captured on that store’s surveillance cameras, and show the men throwing Molotov cocktails at the building, then pouring a flammable substance on the structure and lighting it on fire, KTLA previously reported.
A jury convicted Hawara in June 2018. He had been out of custody on $1 million bail.