A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail for setting fire to a home in Laguna Niguel.
Kia Kaeni was accused of torching a 2018 Cadillac Escalade and a 2019 BMW as well as two mail boxes and setting fire to the residence at 23772 Brant Lane, according to the criminal complaint.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the blaze about 2:30 a.m. July 8, 2020, at that address, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
When the deputies arrived, a vehicle parked in a driveway was “fully engulfed in flames,” Braun said.
Kaeni pleaded guilty to a felony count of arson of a structure. As part of the plea deal, four counts of arson of property and single counts each of possession of flammable material and use of a destructive device with the intent to injure, all felonies, were dismissed along with a sentencing enhancement for arson with use of an acceleration device.
Kaeni was charged in July 2020 with torching two cars, the house and two mail boxes in Laguna Niguel.