Glendale man sentenced to state prison for Griffith Park fires
A 44-year-old Glendale man on probation for an arson conviction has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison after pleading no contest to arson stemming from a series of fires in Griffith Park last year, prosecutors said today.
As a result of the plea, prosecutors dropped three felony counts of arson against Gary Allen Lintz, who admitted to the special allegations of great bodily injury to a firefighter and of having a prior arson conviction. He could have faced 20 years if convicted on all the counts.
Lintz was arrested Aug. 23, 2008, after hikers allegedly saw him near Griffith Park Drive shortly after a slow moving brush fire had broken out. His arrest coincided with stepped-up patrols in the park after fire officials said they suspected a single person was responsible for five fires in two hours on Aug. 16, 2008, and that the person may have had a hand in two previous suspicious fires.
Lintz pleaded no contest in connection with the arson count stemming from the Aug. 16, 2008, fire.
He eventually was charged with four arson counts that occurred on July 27, Aug. 4, Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 in the park. He was on probation for a 2007 arson conviction at the time of his arrest.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Gary Allen Lintz, 44, of Glendale has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison after pleading no contest to arson stemming from a series of fires in Griffith Park last year. Credit: Los Angeles Fire Department