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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota
Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, August 18, 2023

Final Defendant in Red Lake Arson Case Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

MINNEAPOLIS – A Red Lake woman has been sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for her role in an arson conspiracy on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger. 

According to court documents, Dalene Roberta Fajardo, 35, Corey Leigh Stately, 40, and Lori Anna Sayers, 33, conspired and knowingly agreed to commit arson to maliciously damage and destroy personal and real property by means of fire or explosive materials. On April 30, 2021, Fajardo and her co-defendants made Molotov cocktail devices, traveled to a location on the Red Lake Reservation, and threw the Molotov cocktails at a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe. As a result, the vehicle was destroyed and a nearby residence partially burned. The residence’s occupants, including children, were all forced to evacuate.

Fajardo pleaded guilty on March 7 to one count of aiding and abetting arson. She was sentenced on August 14 in U.S. District Court before Chief Judge Patrick J. Schlitz. Stately and Sayers were previously sentenced to five and three months in prison, respectively, for their roles in the arson.

This case is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Red Lake Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the FBI.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Evan Gilead and Laura M. Provinzino.


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