Teen convicted of setting destructive San Diego County fire

Mar 24, 2015 3:54 PM by News Staff, Photo: USMC Corporal Tyler C. Gregory, 3rd MAW COMCAM

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge has found a 14-year-old girl guilty of arson for igniting a branch that caused last year's devastating wildfire in San Diego County.

Spokesman Steve Walker of the San Diego County District Attorney's office says the girl was found guilty Tuesday of multiple felony counts of arson and one misdemeanor count of unlawfully allowing a fire to escape one's control.

Her attorney, Ryan McGlinn, did not immediately return a message for comment.

Prosecutors say the girl ignited branches amid a spate of wildfires in the county and laughed about it when she told her sister. They say an ember traveled nearly a half-mile and ignited the Cocos Fire that destroyed 36 homes.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled next month.

It wasn't immediately known what penalty she might face.

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