A 28-year-old fledgling boxer pleaded guilty to arson and attempted animal cruelty charges, telling a judge he didn't want to be remembered as the man who set fire to a Las Vegas pet store where firefighters rescued 27 puppies earlier this year.

Kirk Bills entered his plea Wednesday in Clark County District Court to avoid trial on 31 felonies in the Jan. 27 fire at the Prince and Princess pet shop.

Bills could face up to 19 years in prison, but his lawyer hopes for less.

Bills will remain in jail until sentencing March 2.

Store owner Gloria Lee is due for sentencing Feb. 25 after pleading guilty last week to arson, attempted animal cruelty and insurance fraud. She faces 24 years in prison.