California Arson Laws get tougher

Sep 20, 2014 5:14 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

California has reinstated tougher penalties for aggravated arson.
This comes just as authorities charge a Northern California man with setting the King fire, that's burned nearly 120 square miles of timber in the mountains east of Sacramento.
According to the Associated Press, Senate Bill 930, by Republican Senator Tom Berryhill of Modesto, takes effect immediately after Governor Jerry Brown signed it on Friday.
However, El Dorado County Prosecutors say the tougher penalties will not apply to Wayne Allen Huntsman even if he is convicted. That's because the King Fire started Saturday, September 13th ... before the bill became law.
The previous law expired in January. The renewed law allows for prison terms of 10 years to life if arson damage exceeds $7 million.
The King fire, near Pollock Pines, is costing an estimated $5 million a day to fight.


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