Arbuckle man sentenced on arson charges

An Arbuckle man who pleaded guilty to setting a series of arson fires on County Road 99, as he walked from Williams to Arbuckle in August, apparently wanted to go to jail. 

On Sept. 18, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson sentenced Enrique Saavedra Hernandez, 24, to two years in state prison for deliberate arson. 

A Colusa County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Hernandez on Aug. 22 near Myers Road just after Hernandez set his third fire. He pleaded guilty at his arraignment the following day after he refused to have an attorney appointed to represent him, against the recommendation of the judge. 

While Chief Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell commended Hernandez for taking responsibility for the fires, he would not recommend a more lenient sentence, due to the severity of the crime and Hernandez’ disregard for public safety. 

“It was multiple fires in a very dangerous time of year,” Farrell said.  

At the time of the fires, Hernandez was out on bond for vandalizing a family member’s vehicle and for being under the influence of a controlled substance, which he was arrested for on July 31. 

Prior to the July arrest, Hernandez had no reported criminal history, Thompson said. Hernandez pleaded guilty to those offenses also and rejected an opportunity to be sentenced to probation, against the court’s advice. 

Thompson sentenced him to 180 days to run concurrently with the prison sentence. 

Hernandez had already served 28 actual days in jail at the time of his sentence, earning him 56 days total credit for time served. He was also ordered to pay restitution. ■