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Helpful arsonist receives prison time
March 22, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Decorius Boglin

A South San Francisco man accused of torching cars and a trash bin at his apartment complex before offering to help firefighters extinguish the blazes was sentenced yesterday to 16 months in prison on three felonies.

Decorius Devon Boglin, 25, pleaded no contest last month to felony arson of property and two counts of felony vandalism in return for no more than 16 months behind bars. On Wednesday, he received the maximum possible.

Boglin set the fires at the Archstone apartment complex on McLellan Drive between Sept. 15 and Oct. 10, 2010 but fled to Alabama after authorities connected the helpful tenant with the fire suspect they were seeking. He was extradited last September and has been held on $90,000 bail since while awaiting a Feb. 14 jury trial. Instead, he settled his case yesterday.

Prosecutors say South San Francisco police were suspicious of Boglin from early on when a car lighter found in his pocket had been taken from one of the cars set ablaze. He denied any involvement when confronted a few days later and then fled. No other fires happened after his disappearance.

Boglin has credit of 446 days against his term. He must also pay restitution to Archstone and other victims in an amount to be determined by the Probation Department.

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