U.S. District Court Magistrate Dustin Pead ruled Monday that Bowman will remain in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail, for allegedly starting the Feb. 9 fire that caused $6 million in damage to an apartment complex under construction at 550 E. 500 South in Salt Lake City.
He was arrested on Feb. 14 and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
If convicted, Bowman could face up to 20 years in prison. There is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years if he is convicted.
According to a felony complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Bowman, an electrician at the site, set fire to the 64,000 square foot complex after smoking spice.
Investigators say that Bowman admitted that after smoking spice, he found some cardboard in the apartment complex, lit it on fire and threw it into a bathtub that was wrapped in cardboard.
The complaint alleges that Bowman said he only wanted to start a small fire that would only damage one or two units. Investigators allege that Bowman told them the fire department had been on site earlier that day and “maybe I wanted to see the fire department.”