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March 26, 2014: Transient Pleads in Garage Fire Case

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Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
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A transient woman was sentenced today to two years in state prison after pleading no contest to setting a garage fire in Whittier, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sarah Hope Kleiner, 45, was convicted of one felony count of recklessly causing a fire of a structure. The defendant was immediately sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza at the Norwalk Courthouse. Additionally, Kleiner was ordered to pay the victim $20,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors said officers responded to a call regarding a garage fire on Jan. 8. After extinguishing the flames, the home occupant told officials that inside the structure was a treadmill and other personal items.

During the police investigation, authorities linked the defendant to the crime and it was determined that Kleiner set fire to discarded Christmas trees that then ignited the garage fire.

The case was investigated by the Whittier Police Department.