DIAMOND VALLEY LAKE, CA – On September 9, Noel Lopez Mejia, 47, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of arson and one count of grand theft at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Mejia set the fires between September 29 and November 26, according to Cal Fire.
The illegal alien was arrested on December 19, 2019, on Old Mine Road in Hemet.
In a press release, Cal Fire stated:
Officers allege that Mejia entered the foothills along the north side of Diamond Valley Lake, from the back side of a residential property, and hiked the roads and hills where he set the 10 wild land fires. These fires burned within the Southwestern Riverside Multi-Species Reserve and endangered those protected, sensitive species.
Mejia was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison.
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