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Jurupa Valley fires arsonist gets 5 years

August 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Pedley man who pleaded guilty to setting several fires last winter was sentenced Wednesday to five years in state prison.Corey Joseph Marchand, 22, was arrested in early April after admitting igniting a blaze in the Jurupa Valley. He has been held in lieu of $5 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside since then.

On July 21, Marchand pleaded guilty to two felony counts of arson. Riverside County Superior Court Judge James T. Warren handed down a four-year prison term for the first conviction and a year-long term for the second.

Marchand was arrested by sheriff's deputies on March 30. According to a news release from the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Marchand was originally taken into custody in connection with a March 30 fire in Pedley, but arson investigators later connected him to eight other fires.

Marchand was charged with nine counts of arson, but seven charges were dropped under a plea agreement.

CNS contributed to this report.


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