A Vale man is expected to serve nearly three years in prison on a federal arson charges, according to Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Zulfiqar Ali Kacho, 40, was sentenced Wednesday to serve a 33-month sentence in federal prison.
Based on court documents and Wednesday’s court proceedings, Kacho solicited an undercover law enforcement agent in or around March 2013 to burn down the home of a man who Kacho said had wronged him.
“Court records show that during a meeting on March 8, 2013, Kacho showed the undercover agent images of the victim’s home, located in South Carolina,” the press release said. “At that meeting, Kacho told the undercover agent that he wanted the victim’s home to burn ‘to the ground,’ and provided details to the undercover agent about using gas or petroleum in the crawl space to carry out the arson.”
On March 13, 2013, Kacho and the undercover agent reportedly met again, and during that meeting, Kacho told the undercover agent that he would pay him $1,000 to commit the arson, with $300 of the payment given in advance.
According to court records, law enforcement arrested Kacho on March 15, 2013. In July 2013, he pleaded guilty to “one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence (arson), affecting interstate commerce.”
Since his arrest in 2013, Kacho has been in police custody, and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. According to a press release, federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
The investigation was handled by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig D. Randall of the U.S. Attorney Craig D. Randall of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.