Man Gets 27 Years in Prison for Starting 2017 Wildfire in Santa Cruz

A Northern California man convicted of intentionally starting a 2017 wildfire in the Santa Cruz mountains that destroyed two homes and injured 13 firefighters has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.

KSBW-TV reports Marlon Coy was sentenced Thursday and ordered to pay more than $2 million in damages.

Authorities say witnesses saw Coy start the fire on October 16, 2017 near a property in Santa Cruz County connected to someone with whom he had a dispute.

Officials said Coy was first arrested after he was spotted stealing from evacuated homes.

It took firefighters 10 days to contain the blaze that scorched 400 acres in the mountain range south of San Francisco and killed a pet cat.

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