David Lin. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
David Lin. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
A West Covina man was sentenced Friday to eight years in state prison — and ordered to register as an arson offender for life — for setting fires at a handful of restaurants throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

David Lin, 43, was sentenced immediately after pleading no contest to five counts of arson of property of another and one count of arson of a structure.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla said Lin set the fires between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, when he was arrested.

On that day, the defendant was at Ten Ren’s Tea Time in Walnut when he entered a bathroom and set the toilet on fire, authorities said. After he exited the bathroom, a customer entered and noticed the fire. Police apprehended Lin later that day.

— City News Service

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