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Press Release: People v. Henry, Patrick John, 11/20/09

November 20, 2009

 

Bradford R. Fenocchio

District Attorney

 

PLACER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240

Roseville, California 95678

916 543-8000

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

Date: November 20, 2009                        

 

Contact:

                        Art Campos

                        Public Information Officer

                        916 543-8076

                        Scott Owens

                        Assistant District Attorney

                        916 543-8000

 

MAN WHO SPARKED 60-ACRE FIRE IN POLICE PURSUIT

IS SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS IN PRISON

 

            A parolee who started a large grass fire in Roseville when he drove his car through a field as he tried to elude police has been sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison.

Patrick John Henry, 40, of Lincoln was given the sentence last month by Placer County Superior Court Judge Robert P. McElhany after pleading guilty to felony counts of grand theft and evading peace officers.

He also admitted to a special allegation of having a prior felony conviction. Two misdemeanor charges -- recklessly causing a fire and resisting or obstructing a peace officer – were dismissed in a plea arrangement with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.

Henry was pursued by Roseville police on Sept. 30 after stealing a generator out of a car at a construction site on Secret Ravine Parkway.

Trying to evade capture, Henry drove his car through a dry, grassy field near Diamond Woods Circle, sparking a 60-acre fire and causing a power outage in the area.

Henry abandoned the vehicle but was caught by Roseville officers as he tried to run away.

He entered his guilty pleas during an arraignment proceeding at the Placer County jail courtroom on Oct. 6 and was immediately sentenced.

 

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