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Arsonist gets a year in jail, drug treatment

December 10, 2011

An Irvine woman was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, five years probation and drug treatment for six arson-related felonies, authorities said.

Jana Spires, 39, pleaded guilty in Newport Beach's Harbor Justice Center to arson and setting properties not owned by her on fire, according to a news release by the Orange County district attorney's office.

Spires started several fires between January and May of this year. Her targets included a playground, an apartment complex and homes, the release said.

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In one case, she used pizza boxes to start a fire at Springbrook Elementary School in Irvine.

—Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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