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Former Marine to stand trial in North Hollywood arsons

A former U.S. Marine has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly setting 10 fires last summer in the San Fernando Valley.
January 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A former U.S. Marine has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly setting 10 fires last summer in the San Fernando Valley.

Kurt Billie, 34, is facing 20 felony counts of arson and one felony count of aggravated arson.

The charges involve a series of fires set in July 21 and Aug. 2 in North Hollywood that burned cars, trucks and motor homes, causing an estimated $1 million in damage.

Prosecutors allege that Billie has prior arson convictions for setting fires in Okinawa, Japan while he was stationed there with the Marine Corps.

Billie could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. He is due in court for arraignment Feb. 7.

City News Service contributed to this story.


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