EL CAJON (CNS) - A man who set fire to a Greek Orthodox church in Rancho San Diego and attacked a cellmate four days after his arrest pleaded guilty Monday to arson and assault with intent to commit mayhem.
Pursuant to his plea and following a full evaluation by mental health professionals, attorneys on both sides agreed that Darin Wayne Williams was legally insane at the time of both offenses.
Williams, 39, will be sent to a state mental hospital for up to seven years and four months, with possible two-year extensions after that for the rest of his life, Deputy District Attorney David Williams III said.
Formal sentencing was set for Nov. 19 in El Cajon.
Williams was arrested Jan. 27 within hours of a fire that caused about $250,000 in damage to Saint Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church in the 1900 block of Maryann Way at Jamacha Road.
No one was injured in the 4 a.m. blaze, which was investigated by the sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The defendant was known to church officials before the fire, the prosecutor said.
A May grey Memorial Day had two San Diego drivers seeing red after a suspected road rage incident turned violent Monday.
A military family in Claremont said it's something that may never happen again - a father and eight of his sons went off to war and all came home alive.
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The county Medical Examiner's Office Monday released the name of a man killed after being struck by a passenger train.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his aides met with SoccerCity investors 25 times between January 2016 and this past February, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.
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A cloudy start to the week with cooler weather for Monday and Tuesday. At the coast Monday, temperatures will hit the high 60s with high 70s for the inland communities.