By Tony Lopez

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — On Oct. 21, 2010, one of the most damaging fires Placer County had ever seen started with an attempted suicide inside the Roseville Galleria.

With a large portion of the mall in flames, shoppers and workers ran for their lives.

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The young man at the center of it, Alexander Piggee, would later tell CBS13 during a phone interview that he thought it was the perfect way to end his life—set fire inside the mall and stay inside while everyone else ran out.

RAW VIDEO: Full Interview With Alexander Piggee (2010)

His failed suicide attempt didn’t physically harm anyone, but it did cause $55 million worth of damage, and forced 44 stores to close temporarily.

Four years later, whatever happened to the Roseville Galleria arsonist?

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He’s doing hard time at Lompoc Correctional Institution, a federal prison. Even though prosecutors asked the judge to give Piggee 10 years for his guilty plea, the judge brought down the hammer, calling the 23-year-old suspect a threat to public safety and giving him 15 years.

The case became a federal case, because he admitted to setting a smaller fire on the same day in Sacramento County.

Piggee is scheduled to be released on Nov. 15, 2023 at the age of 36. He has no chance of parole.

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