Rochester man sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for arson

MINNEAPOLIS — A Rochester man was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for setting fire to several buildings in St. Paul.

Thirty six years Jose Felan Jr.was convicted on Tuesday in a US district court for the arson of two businesses and a school during the summer of 2020.

Felan pleaded guilty to one count of arson in February.

According to court documents, Felan Jr. burned down the Goodwill retail store, 7 Mile Sportswear store and Gordon Parks High School, all located along University Avenue in St. Paul.

Records show that after the arson attacks, Felan and his wife, Mena Yousif, 23, fled the state. The couple traveled to Rochester and then to Texas where Felan had family, before finally fleeing to Mexico.

Court records show that on February 15, 2021, the couple were detained by Mexican immigration following an anonymous tip-off and returned to the United States.

Following his prison sentence, Felan must also serve three years of probation and pay more than $39,000 in restitution.

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