Man convicted of starting huge 2006 California wildfire |

Man convicted of starting huge 2006 California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) ” A Los Angeles federal court jury has convicted a homeless man of starting the so-called Day Fire, which burned more than 163,000 acres of brush in Los Padres National Forest in 2006.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the jury deliberated for two hours before finding Steven Emory Butcher guilty of two felonies and three misdemeanors today.

The charges included willfully setting debris on fire in the forest and allowing a fire to escape from his control.

The 49-year-old man faces up to 11 1/2 years in prison.

The Day Fire started in a remote area where Butcher camped for part of the year. It caused 18 injuries and destroyed 11 structures.

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