California man receives 12 years in prison for starting wildfire

The Cranston Fire. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Pedro Marron

Feb. 15 (UPI) — A judge in Riverside County, Calif., sentenced a man to 12 years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to starting a wildfire in San Bernardino National Forest last year, prosecutors said.

Brandon McGlover, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of burning a structure or forest land for sparking the Cranston Fire on July 25.

The blaze consumed more than 13,000 acres and multiple structures.

Judge Kelly Hansen handed down a sentence of 12 years and four months in state prison, the maximum allowable sentence for the crimes.

Brandon McGlover. Photo: Riverside County District Attorney

As part of the plea deal, the court dismissed seven other counts, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said.

The Cranston Fire was one of a number of wildfires that blazed across Southern and Northern California last summer — a record-breaking fire season for the state.

During the same month of the Cranston Fire, the Mendocino Complex — made up of the River and Ranch fires — became the largest wildfire in California history, burning through more than 450,000 acres and killing one person.

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