Man sentenced for Anza arson fires

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MURRIETA (CNS) – A 74-year-old convicted felon responsible for igniting two fires that damaged property belonging to an Anza woman he was stalking was sentenced Friday to 21 years, eight months in state prison.

Roger Dell Green of Banning pleaded guilty in September to two counts of arson and one count each of attempted arson and stalking in violation of a restraining order for the 2017 offenses. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped seven related felony and misdemeanor charges.

Superior Court Judge John Monterosso imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.

County fire officials declined to specify the circumstances behind the defendant’s acts of arson, but according to court documents, the fires occurred in March and May 2017, while the attempted arson happened on June 30 of that year.

In one fire, a car was damaged, and in the other, the victim’s barn was damaged, documents stated.

The victim, identified in court papers only as “T.P.,” had been in a dating relationship with the defendant but ended it and filed a restraining order against him months before the arson fires. Green stalked her between March and June 2017, according to the prosecution.

Arson and sheriff’s investigators arrested the defendant without incident Aug. 8, 2017. A Ruger .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun was seized at his workplace that same day, investigators said.

According to court records, Green has prior convictions for robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary.