Man gets 2 years in prison for setting fire to Maricopa County vehicles

Gustavo Hernandez

Gustavo Hernandez

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 1:04 PM

PHOENIX – A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for setting fire to three Maricopa County vehicles.

Gustavo Hernandez, 25, also was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised probation and received a three-month deferred jail term.

In November, Hernandez pleaded guilty to one count of arson and one count of criminal damage.

A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office SUV, an undercover vehicle and a utility truck were found burning at the county repair shop near Mesa Drive and Baseline Road in Mesa on Sept. 17.

Hernandez was detained at the scene.

After his arrest, Hernandez said he was on drugs for two months and wanted to kill himself, according to MCSO. He broke into the vehicles, looking for a gun. When he didn't see one, he used flares to set the cars on fire, trying to blow himself up.

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