According to Mike Erfert, Spokesman for the Yuma Fire Department, two (2) school buses parked at the Yuma Schools Transportation Consortium yards were intentionally set fire. On Thursday, at approximately 3:30 a.m., firefighters responded to the fire and were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other buses in the yard. The Yuma Police Department is asking anyone with information about the fire to contact them.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1703, “A person commits arson of a structure or property by knowingly and unlawfully damaging a structure or property by knowingly causing a fire or explosion.” Under Arizona law, charges for arson of property depend on the value of the property: arson of property valued at less than one hundred dollars is a Class 1 misdemeanor, arson of property between one hundred dollars and one thousand dollars is a Class 5 felony, and arson of property valued at more than one thousand dollars is a Class 4 felony. Penalties for arson in Arizona also depend on the value of the property and range from probation to 2.5 years in prison for a first offense.
If you have been charged with arson, contact the Scottsdale criminal lawyers at Oracle Law Group for assistance with your criminal case.