After pleading guilty to federal arson charges in May, Musab Masmari today was sentenced to a decade in prison for setting fire to Neighbours nightclub during a packed 2014 New Years party attended by some 700 people.

No lives were lost in the arson, but the sentencing judge, Ricardo S. Martinez, said that “but for the actions of some very quick thinking folks, we could have had a very serious tragedy.”

US Attorney Jenny Durkan described Masmari as "motivated by ignorance and intolerance," and she said today's sentencing "sent a clear message: this conduct cannot be tolerated."

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