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Man pleads no contest to arson in 2014 Los Angeles inferno

  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire at the Da Vinci apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, Dawud Abdulwali pleaded no contest Monday, April 24, 2017, to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison. Abdulwali said he set the fire because he was angry about the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. No one was hurt. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire at the Da Vinci apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, Dawud Abdulwali pleaded no contest Monday, April 24, 2017, to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison. Abdulwali said he set the fire because he was angry about the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. No one was hurt. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In This May 11, 2016, file photo, Dawud Abdulawali is ordered to stand trial on arson charges during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles. Abdulwali pleaded no contest Monday, April 24, 2017, to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison. The December 2014, blaze gutted the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex and blew out windows in adjacent towers. Damage was estimated at $100 million. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In This May 11, 2016, file photo, Dawud Abdulawali is ordered to stand trial on arson charges during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles. Abdulwali pleaded no contest Monday, April 24, 2017, to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison. The December 2014, blaze gutted the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex and blew out windows in adjacent towers. Damage was estimated at $100 million. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire at an apartment building under construction next to the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) Freeway in Los Angeles. The fire gutted the 1.3 million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. Dawud Abdulwali pleaded no contest Monday, April 24, 2017, to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison. Abdulwali said he set the fire because he was angry about the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. No one was hurt. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire at an apartment building under construction next to the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) Freeway in Los Angeles. The fire gutted the 1.3 million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. Dawud Abdulwali pleaded no contest Monday, April 24, 2017, to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison. Abdulwali said he set the fire because he was angry about the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. No one was hurt. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

A 58-year-old man has pleaded no contest to igniting a huge inferno in downtown Los Angeles that destroyed a block of apartments under construction and heavily damaged nearby office buildings.

Dawud Abdulwali entered the plea Monday to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Deputy District Attorney Joy Roberts says the plea was negotiated.

The December 2014, blaze gutted the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex and blew out windows in adjacent towers. Damage was estimated at $100 million.

A witness testified at a preliminary hearing that a week later, Abdulwali said he set the fire because he was angry about the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.