A light sentence for Porterville teen, 15, who caused death of 2 firefighters

A Tulare County judge Wednesday sentenced a Porterville teen to up to six months in juvenile custody for his role in starting a 2020 fire that clai...

October 5, 2022
7:04 AM

A Tulare County judge Wednesday sentenced a Porterville teen to up to six months in juvenile custody for his role in starting a 2020 fire that claimed the lives of two firefighters and destroyed the city's library. Killed in the fire were Ramon 'Ray' Figueroa, 35, and Patrick Jones, 25. The boy and a companion initially faced murder charges in the Feb. 18, 2020 fire, but on Aug. 22, Judge Hugo Loza dismissed charges against one boy and found the second guilty of arson. Family members of Figueroa and Jones were outraged after Loza's decision and Figueroa's father, Ramon Figueroa, described the reduction of charges 'disgraceful.

Jim Guy