Apne hate competition, this usually leads to price cuts, special offers and a whole lot more. Munir Hawara went one step further in his off-license battle. Mr Hawara from Moreno Valley, California hired two people to set fires at a competing liquor store in. Friday saw Munir sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison.
Munir Hawara, 59, was the owner of Tyler Market. Hawara was convicted by a jury on four counts of arson of a non-residential building in June 2017, but before he could be sentenced, he received a medical evaluation, Riverside County Superior Court records show.
Hawara hired the two men to torch Sunny Liquor and Market across the street, causing more than $200,000 in damage. The two men — Willis Lee Simmons and Randy Allen Ramirez — were sentenced to prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to two counts of arson of a non-residential building.
Ramirez, since his release from prison, has been convicted of misdemeanour resisting arrest. There is a warrant out for his arrest that alleges that he violated parole, court records say.
At the time, Sunny Liquor owner Jaljit Singh Rana said he had no idea who could be targeting his market. The worst thing that ever happened to his other store was that someone broke a window, he said.
“I’m not going to go anywhere. I work hard. I’m going to keep working,” he told The Press-Enterprise in November 2016.
The Riverside fire and police departments investigated the case.
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