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Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to Occupied Coachella Home, Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

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A man who set fire to a Coachella home while the homeowners were inside pleaded guilty Thursday to an arson charge and was immediately sentenced to three years in state prison.

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Tomas Cardoso Flores, 25, of Coachella, was arrested the night of July 20. Deputies received a call that night from a witness who saw curtains on fire within the home in the 5200 block of Calle Techa, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Mike Vasquez said. The residents, including a child, were able to escape unharmed.

Flores was taken into custody just south of the home, near the intersection of Avenue 53 and Calle Empalme. A motive for the arson was not disclosed, nor did investigators reveal whether the defendant knew the residents.

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Flores admitted a charge of arson of an inhabited structure. He was initially booked on suspicion of attempted murder, but was not charged with that count by prosecutors.
 

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