A man who set fire to a south Bakersfield apartment has been sentenced to a year in jail and five years' probation, according to court records.
Last month, Brian Moore, 29, pleaded no contest to two arson-related charges and resisting arrest in connection with igniting a blaze in April at an apartment in the 3500 block of South H Street. An attempted murder charge was dismissed.
A total of eight police officers suffered smoke inhalation in the incident, police said. Six were treated at the scene and returned to duty, and the other two received further medical treatment.
When police arrived in response to a call of a suicidal person threatening to set himself on fire, firefighters were already on scene dealing with a vehicle fire in the parking lot. That fire was later determined to be related to the apartment fire, police said.
As the apartment fire was being extinguished, sounds of movement came from a rear bedroom. Officers found Moore there and took him into custody.
Eleven residents were forced to leave during the incident, but were allowed back inside after firefighters determined the building was safe.
While Moore's case is over, another local arson case is set to go to trial Monday.
Jeffery Doyle Hudson, 54, is charged with three arson counts, vandalism and entering a non-commercial dwelling in connection with a fire inside a bus parked on property off Highway 178 in Onyx.
Hudson said the bodies of three men were inside the bus, according to court documents. Investigators found a dead dog, but no human corpses.
An admitted methamphetamine user, Hudson confessed to starting the June 4, 2017, blaze by "spraying wasp spray like a flame torch," documents said.
The owner of the bus said she had a fight with Hudson on May 30, according to the documents, and she never gave him permission to burn the bus or anything else on her property.
Hudson is held on $250,000 bail.