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Man who set ex-fiancee's trailer on fire found mentally competent

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who set his ex-fiancee's trailer on fire in Valley Center while she was inside is mentally competent and will be sentenced next month, a judge ruled Friday.

Marc Bentley Thompson, 53, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to arson and domestic violence battery.

On Friday, Judge Frederick Maguire found the defendant competent and scheduled sentencing for Sept. 24 in Vista.

Thompson faces up to six years in state prison, said prosecutor Patricia Lavermicocca.

The victim had taken out a protective court order against Thompson prior to the fire, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies were called to the burning trailer in the 30000 block of Spearhead Trail about 5:50 p.m. on Feb. 24, said Lt. J.T. Faulkner.

The formerly betrothed couple had gotten into an argument before Thompson punctured the tires of her car, grabbed a container of gasoline and poured it onto the entry of the trailer while she was still inside, Faulkner said.

Thompson then ignited the gasoline from about 20 feet away.

The woman ran in stocking feet through flames to escape, singing the hair on her body but emerging otherwise unscathed, Faulkner said.

Thompson fled with help from his 83-year-old mother, according to Faulkner, who said a deputy spotted mother and son about five miles away and arrested him without incident.

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