California college professor busted for arson spree contributing to the “Dixie Fire”

Maybe climate change isn’t to blame for everything in the world. Sometimes bad people do bad things like set fire to forests. Sometimes negligent people are negligent by not clearing old forest and dry underbrush. What will a Governor Larry Elder do to fix things?

Maynard was arrested Saturday following an investigation that began July 20 and included a U.S. Forest Service agent placing a tracking device under his car after he had been stopped briefly by Susanville police on Aug. 3.

Maynard, whose middle name is alternately spelled “Stephan” in jail records, made a brief appearance Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento, where Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Anderson asked that he not be released from custody.

“There are simply no conditions that could be fashioned that could ensure the safety of the public with respect to this defendant,” Anderson told U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman.

“Over the course of the last several weeks, Maynard has set a series of fires in the vicinity of the Lassen National Forest and Shasta Trinity National Forest…,” Anderson wrote in a detention memo. “The area in which Maynard chose to set his fires is near the ongoing Dixie fire, a fire which is still not contained despite the deployment and efforts of over 5,000 personnel.

Sacramento Bee

The kicker to the story is if convicted he’s only eligible for 5 years in prison and a $250k fine. I think government officials are asking for harsher penalties of the January 6th political prisoners.

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