Palm Desert man convicted of state charges for firebombing Republican HQ

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Palm Desert man who was sentenced in federal court to five years behind bars for throwing a firebomb into a Republican office in the Coachella Valley pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 22, to similar felony charges he faced in Riverside County Superior Court. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has charged Carlos Espriu, 24, with one count of arson of a non-dwelling and two counts of possessing destructive or explosive devices along with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a device designed to accelerate the fire. Espriu appeared at the Larson Justice Center in Indio Friday, where he pleaded guilty to the charges and was scheduled to appear Dec. 17 for sentencing. He faces up to 13 years in state prison. He remains held at the Byrd Detention Center
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