Man pleads guilty to burning down Carlsbad hotel

The man accused of setting a Carlsbad hotel on fire has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 36-year-old Travis Hayslip has admitted to destroying the Quality Inn Hotel.

Authorities say he receives two-and-a-half years in prison under the agreement.

Hayslip must also pay $2.4 million in restitution to Choice Hotels.

Authorities believe he started the fire by using a lighter to set a piece of debris on fire in a part of the hotel under construction.

Court has not yet scheduled Hayslip’s sentencing hearing.