3rd man convicted of starting LA-area wildfire

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Updated: 5/22/2014 10:13 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A third man has been convicted of causing a wildfire that destroyed five homes in the foothills east of Los Angeles.

The U.S. attorney's office says 24-year-old Jonathan Jarrell was found guilty Thursday of unlawfully setting timber on fire and illegally starting a fire. He's facing up to 5 ½ years in federal prison.

Authorities say burning paper from an illegal campfire sparked the Colby Fire on Jan. 16 in the Angeles National Forest.

Santa Ana winds blew the fire into the foothill suburb of Glendora, where it destroyed five homes and damaged 17 homes and buildings.

Two other defendants - Clifford Henry Jr. of Glendora and Steven Aguirre - were convicted of related charges last week. They're each facing up to 6 ½ years in prison.

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