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July 31, 2015: West Covina Man Sentenced to Prison for Arson

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 43-year-old man was sentenced today to eight years in state prison for setting fires at several restaurant locations throughout the San Gabriel Valley, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

At today’s court appearance, David Lin of West Covina pleaded no contest to six felony counts: five counts of arson of property of another and one count of arson of a structure in case No. KA108931.

In addition to the prison sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Salvatore Sirna also ordered Lin to register as an arson offender for life.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla, who prosecuted the case, said Lin committed arson at numerous restaurant locations between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.

On Feb. 3, the defendant was at Ten Ren’s Tea Time in Walnut when he reportedly entered a bathroom and set the toilet on fire.

After he exited the bathroom, a customer entered and noticed a fire, at which point authorities were called. Later that day, police apprehended Lin and arrested him in connection with the incident.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.