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2 found guilty of causing L.A. County wildfire

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN
updated 10:00 PM EDT, Fri May 16, 2014
Firefighters monitor the Colby Fire in Azusa, California, on January 17.
Firefighters monitor the Colby Fire in Azusa, California, on January 17.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two men convicted of starting an illegal campfire that led to wildfire
  • The fire scorched nearly 2,000 acres in L.A. County and destroyed 5 homes
  • They could get 6½ years in prison; a third suspect faces trial next week

(CNN) -- A federal jury in Los Angeles on Friday found two men guilty of starting an illegal campfire that grew into a wildfire, destroying five homes and 17 other structures, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

The Colby Fire, as it was called, scorched close to 2,000 acres of foothills in Los Angeles County near Glendora.

The two men, Clifford Eugene Henry Jr., 22, and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, were convicted of one felony and three misdemeanors for unlawfully setting timber afire and being unable to control it, according to prosecutors.

Embers from the campfire are believed to have ignited dry grass adjacent to the ring. Winds and drought conditions took it from there.

Prosecutors said both men face a maximum of 6½ years in prison. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for August 4.

The trial for a third suspect, Jonathan Jarrell, is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

CNN's Janet DiGiacomo and Sonya Hamasaki contributed to this story

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