- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - A man convicted of setting several brushfires in rural San Diego County has been sentenced to nine years and four months in prison.

Jonathan Cohen of Poway was convicted in August of setting fires in 2014 and 2015 in Valley Center and Lakeside. Prosecutors argued that he started fires after unsuccessful gambling trips to two casinos in those communities.

A jail informant testified that Cohen told him he hated the casinos and wanted to burn them down.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/2dsr3CD) that the 45-year-old showed no emotion when he was sentenced last week.

All the fires were doused without serious damage.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Aguilar said Cohen showed no emotion when sentenced by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Evan Kirvin on Friday.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com

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