5 years for setting a homeless man on fireA mechanic charged with setting fire to a 64-year-old homeless man and his possessions has been sentenced to five years in state prison.
Ruben Sandoval was attacked in an alley Jan. 2 behind an auto repair shop in Santa Ana, California.
Hector Manuel Medina, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of arson causing great bodily injury with an enhancement for using a flammable fluid to light the fire.
Prosecutors had sought an 11-year sentence based on the injuries suffered by Sandoval when his shopping cart was doused with gas.
Sandoval suffered second and third-degree burns. He remains hospitalized and cannot breathe without a respirator.
Medina was allegedly angry because he had caught Sandoval sleeping in Medina's car on a rainy day in December and warned him not to return to the area, the district attorney said.
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