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Humboldt County Office of the District Attorney press release:
Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that yesterday a jury found 56-year-old Anthony Domenico of Manila guilty of arson of an inhabited structure and assault with a deadly weapon. Domenico could serve 9 years for these two felonies; sentencing is scheduled for December 14.
The charges stemmed from an incident on August 18 of this year in Manila, when the defendant assaulted Thomas Uber with a tree branch, knocking him to the ground and causing a 4-inch cut on his head. After Mr. Uber fled to call 911, his camp structure was set on fire. Mr. Uber lost most of his personal possessions in the fire.
In responding to the arson report, Monica Petruzzelli of KIEM-News Channel 3 encountered the defendant, who twice admitted to arson on camera, when he thought the camera was off.
The case was investigated by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy District Attorney Trent Timm prosecuted the case with the assistance of District Attorney Investigator Marvin Kirkpatrick, Victim Witness Advocate Marybeth Bian and Arcata Fire District Battalion Chief Sean Campbell.