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Friday, February 20, 2015

San Diego: Cocos Fire Teen Suspect Turns Down Plea Deal #CAFire #CocosFire


Cocos Fire suspect: Teen turns down plea deal


SAN DIEGO - A teenage girl accused of sparking the Cocos Fire in San Marcos that destroyed nearly 40 homes turned down a plea deal on Thursday.
The case against the girl, who is not being named because she is a minor, is scheduled to go to trial next month.
The Cocos Fire broke out May 14, 2014 and scorched nearly 2,000 acres. It was one of a spate of more than a dozen wildfires that erupted in the San Diego area in critically hot, dry and windy conditions.
The fires forced hundreds of evacuations and temporarily closed numerous schools and businesses. Damage to private property was estimated at nearly $30 million and the costs of extinguishing the wildfires was nearly $28 million.
Fire victims can call (858) 694-4241 to get more information about the case.
The teenager is facing up to nearly 14 years behind bars if convicted.
Source: http://www.10news.com/news/cocos-fire-suspect-teen-turns-down-plea-deal
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