Marlon Dale Coy, 56, was convicted Thursday in Santa Cruz County
The arsonist who initiated the destructive 2017 Bear Fire in Northern California has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Marlon Dale Coy, 56, was convicted Thursday in Santa Cruz County, California, and offered no apology or explanation to the court for his bizarre actions on October 17, 2017.
The 391-acre Bear Fire left one person injured and destroyed five campers, 17 cars, four buildings and two houses.
During the trial, the court heard that Coy started the fire as part of a paranoid plot to defend his girlfriend Julia Cabibi's mountain range in Boulder Creek, where the couple lived together.
After an alleged burglary into the house, witnesses said Coy hires Norteño gang members to defend the property – but his plot was even corrupted, even for the hardened gangbangers.
When sentenced on Thursday, Coy offered no apology or explanation for his bizarre actions
Firefighters fight the bear fire in October 2017. Witnesses say Coy set fire after gang members he hired to defend his mountain defied his order to rape a neighbor
A gang member testified during the trial that he was alarmed when he met Coy earlier in the day and saw him playing with a poisonous rattlesnake.
& # 39; He had a rattlesnake in his car, played with it and slapped it around & # 39 ;, the witness testified according to Mercury News.
Coy & # 39; s complicated plot to & # 39; burglars & # 39; to stop
In spite of Coy & # 39; s peculiar behavior, the gang members agreed to take on the task of protecting his garbage-packed mountain bastion and followed him up the hills to the site.
In a complicated story that confused Coy & # 39; s own lawyers, the witness told how they were driving down the dirt road to the compound, agitated by another car coming down the mountain blocking the narrow road.
Coy jumped out of his car with a gun and ordered the two men to drive out of the vehicle in the oncoming vehicle, the witness said. Finally Coy gave in and let the men leave.
Later in the day, the witness said that Coy saw a male and female neighbor at his driveway and shocked the hardened gang members when he ordered them to fire the couple, rap the woman, and kill her.
& # 39; I don't want to talk about it because it's sick & # 39 ;, the witness said during the trial. & # 39; I said to my boys: & # 39; This guy is cuckoo. & # 39; & # 39;
Coy & # 39; s girlfriend Julia Cabibi (left and right) lived with him in the mountain stronghold. She is not loaded into the fire, but has to deal with various weapons and abuse
The Norteño gangbangers say they have flatly rejected Coy & # 39; s sickening assignment, grabbed his .22 gun before they could turn it on, and tried to flee the premises.
In disgust that his order was not executed, Coy flew into madness and started firing at the property, the witness said.
& # 39; I see him with a stick and he groped in the ground (like a little gremlin), & # 39; said the witness. & # 39; It was red. It ignited really quickly. & # 39;
The fire spread rapidly to neighboring buildings, prompting an evacuation.
Burning for 10 days, the fire cost about $ 7 million to contain.
Fire victims cheer stiff prison sentence
Coy was arrested, as was his girlfriend Cabibi. She is not accused in the fire, but is still confronted with allegations of carjacking, assault with a firearm, a criminal owning a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition as a result of a separate incident in September 2017.
On Thursday, Coy was ordered to compensate Cal Fire for more than $ 2 million for the fight against the eruption.
The money will also pay medical expenses for those injured firefighters and go to indefinite compensation to six property owners for their loss.
During Thursday's hearing, Coy was ordered to reimburse Cal Fire for more than $ 2 million
It is unclear whether Coy will ever be able to pay the reparations.
& # 39; CDC (California Department of Corrections) will endeavor to get that money back. So every time money is deposited into his account or at some point when he earns money, they will take some of that money and set it aside for the victims, & # 39; told prosecutor Michael McKinney KSBW TV.
Homeowners Marvin and Debbie Hinshaw don't expect to get any money. The fire cost them $ 500,000 in damage.
& # 39; Us? We are unlikely to get anything except the satisfaction of knowing that he went to prison, & Marvin said.
Debbie added: & # 39; Just nice if the justice system works with justice and honesty, because he got the right sentence. & # 39;
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