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Homeless Man to be Sentenced for Montecito Motors Fire

Will Spend One Year In County Jail


Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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The man alleged to have started a fire in the former home of Montecito Motors at 530 Chapala Street in January will receive one year in County Jail.

Andrew Easton pleaded to recklessly causing a fire on March 14, and is scheduled to be sentenced in June, according to prosecutor Mary Barron.

Investigators had determined the wood trim of a door on the outside of the building caught fire, spreading to other parts of the structure. Authorities said it was likely started by an open flame. They eventually determined Easton, a homeless man who often camps in the area, was to blame, and he was arrested.

The owner of the building had been working with the city to secure permits to renovate, following the closure of Montecito Motors.

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Well I guess the guy won't be "homeless" anymore since we will be providing him with free room, board, and medical services for a year. Boy, did he get a good deal (on our tab)!

pn2865 (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Jail time for a homeless guy wont help him reform or improve himself. He should be given a chance to do time restoring a county park or working on some trails.

passagerider (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 6:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Passagerider that's a great idea for cases like this.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2013 at 9:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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