Peterson found guilty of arson

Richard Anthony Peterson, 61, was found guilty of arson in a jury trial in Bakersfield’s Metro Division court on Oct. 23 and sentenced Nov. 21 to 10 years in Wasco State Prison. He was also fined $350.

The charge was one felony count of arson of an inhabited structure, relating to a 2010 incident involving a fire in Peterson’s mobile home near Inyokern, while his family was in residence. The mobile home was damaged but not a total loss, and the family escaped unharmed.

Story First Published: 2013-12-11