Ex-Marine to Be Sentenced in NoHo Arson Spree
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — A former Marine accused of setting nearly two dozen fires in the North Hollywood area was expected to be sentenced on Monday.
Kurt Kaye Billie, 35, pleaded no contest in March to two counts of arson of an inhabited structure and one count of aggravated arson.
He is expected to receive 10 years in prison.
As part of a plea deal, Billie admitted setting fire to 21 vehicles and motor homes in July and August of 2011.
The fires caused more than $1 million in damage.
Some the fires spread to nearby structures, including apartment buildings, and two people suffered smoke inhalation, prosecutors said.
Billie also admitted being convicted of arson in Okinawa, Japan, when he was stationed there in 2001.
He was arrested for setting fire to seven restaurants and bars in two separate arsons.
A judge found him criminally responsible for the attacks, saying he “was drunk and made the attacks to escape from reality.”