Transient admits to setting Mecca Denny’s restaurant on fire – NBC Los Angeles
A 19-year-old man who started a fire at a Denny’s restaurant in Mecca, causing extensive damage but no injuries, is now waiting to be transferred to state prison to serve a four-year sentence after concluding a plea agreement with prosecutors in several cases. .
Juan Julian Serrano, a passenger who frequented the Mecca area, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an arson count for non-accommodation. In return for his plea, one count of burglary, vandalism and arson was dismissed.
Serrano also pleaded guilty in four unrelated tort cases. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky immediately handed down sentence at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, which included credit for one year and 203 days.
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MPs responded around 11 p.m. on June 30 to an alarm call at Denny’s restaurant at 90470 66th Ave., where MPs found evidence of a forced entry and a fire burning inside. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the flames.
Video surveillance helped MPs identify Serrano as a suspect, and he was arrested about two weeks later, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Bianco.
The arson chief that was dismissed as part of the plea deal was filed in connection with a dumpster fire it allegedly started on June 29 at the same location in Denny, prosecutors say .