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    30-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Starting Hollister Fire in Santa Barbara County

    Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that on October 12, 2022, 30-year-old Edward Junior Macklin pleaded guilty to one felony count of Arson of a Structure or Forest, in violation of Penal Code Section 451(c), for an incident in and around the Hollister Ranch Area, between Cuarta Canyon and Alegria Canyon, on March 12, 2022. The fire burned over 120 acres of forest land across five properties within Hollister Ranch. Mr. Macklin will be receiving a jail sentence and felony probation. He will be required to register as an arsonist pursuant to Penal Code section 457.1. His conviction is a serious felony pursuant to Penal Code Section 1192.7(c)(14) and is a strike offense in California.

    Edward Macklin’s sentencing date is set for October 26, 2022, in Lompoc Superior Court at 8:30 a.m.

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