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Case # 18CF0943, 18HF0845

Date: October 4, 2018

SERIAL ARSONIST SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR TWO ATTEMPTED BURGLARIES, SETTING SIX FIRES IN MISSION VIEJO, AND STALKING WOMAN IN RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA 

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A serial arsonist was sentenced yesterday to four years in state prison for two attempted burglaries, setting six fires in Mission Viejo, and stalking a woman in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Jack Frye, 19, Lake Forest

 

Pleaded guilty on July 23, 108, to the following counts:

Felony

  • (6) Arson
  • (2) Attempted arson
  • Stalking
  • Attempted first degree burglary
  • Attempted second degree burglary

Misdemeanor

  • Vandalism under $400
  • (2) Disobey Court Order

Four years in state prison

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, the defendant was a former student of Mission Viejo High School (MVHS).
  • Between March 14, 2018 and March 18, 2018, Frye stalked Jane Doe, making her fear for her safety.
  • On March 14, 2018, Frye slashed the tires of Jane Doe’s car.
  • On March 18, 2018, the defendant attempted to enter Jane Doe’s home in Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • Between March 28, 2018, and April 4, 2018, Frye lit multiple fires at MVHS and one fire at the Kaleidoscope shopping center in Mission Viejo.
  • On March 30, 2018, the defendant unlawfully attempted to enter MVHS and attempted to set fire to a structure on campus.
  • On April 4, 2018, the defendant further attempted to light a van on fire near MVHS. Undercover investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) located Frye and arrested him at the scene.
  • In May 2018, Fry attempted to contact Jane Doe several times via phone and letter from Orange County Jail.
  • OCSD and Orange County Fire Authority investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Kirk, Special Prosecutions Unit

 



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