Convicted felon facing arson charges after breaking into Priest Lake home

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A convicted felon who was accused of breaking into a home in the Priest Lake area is now facing arson charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, investigators with the Nashville Fire Department determined Roberto Viera-Aybar, 28, set four separate fires in the bedroom of a home on Hamilton Church Road one week ago.

Courtesy Metro Police: Roberto Viera-Aybar, 28

They said the fires were set intentionally and all while several Metro Nashville Police officers were at the home.

Officers were initially called to the home for a reported burglary. Police say Viera-Aybar kicked in the back door and barricaded himself inside an upstairs bonus room.

The report says he busted out a window and was throwing items at police officers outside. He then set the fire and jumped out the window onto a car before being taken to the hospital with injuries.

He’s facing several charges, which now include arson and aggravated arson.

Roberto Josue Viera-Aybar
Roberto Josue Viera-Aybar (Courtesy: Davidson County Sheriff’s Office)

Viera-Aybar was previously convicted in connection with the murder of a Nashville man whose body was found buried in the woods in Whitfield County, Georgia in 2017.

Online court records show he was initially charged with first degree murder before being convicted for voluntary manslaughter.

“Roberto Viera-Aybar plead to the maximum sentence possible given the facts and evidence.   He received Voluntary Manslaughter and served his entire time,” stated Steve Hayslip, Director of Communications for the Office of the District Attorney General. “There was simply insufficient proof for a First Degree Murder conviction after discussions with the TBI.”

According to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, on September 25, 2019 Viera-Aybar was convicted. He was sentenced to six years at 30 percent and was released on July 20, 2021 at time served.

He remains in the Metro jail with a bond set at $200,000

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