VISTA (CNS) - A man who threw paint thinner on an Escondido motel owner and tried to set him on fire after becoming angry about his bill was sentenced Thursday to five years in state prison.
Jess Wayne Swanguen, 54, was mad about possibly being overcharged for his room last Jan. 17 at the Hacienda Motel on North Broadway, said Deputy District Attorney Jodi Breton.
He splashed paint thinner on the owner and in the motel office and used a lighter to ignite it, but the man's clothing did not ignite and he escaped injury, the prosecutor said.
Police arrived and arrested Swanguen at the motel.
The defendant pleaded guilty to a a felony charge of arson of an inhabited dwelling for starting a small fire in the motel's phone system, Breton said.
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