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Former Professor Indicted For 5 Counts Of Arson In Connection To Dixie Fire

A federal grand jury Thursday returning a five-count indictment against a former college professor accused of an arson spree in Northern California. 47-year-old Gary Maynard of San Jose is charged with arson to federal property and setting timber afire this past July. Investigators say some of the fires Maynard set were new fires behind the crews fighting the Dixie Fire. Several named blazes were a result of the his alleged arson spree, including the Cascade fire and the Ranch fire. If convicted, Maynard faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of arson. He is in custody pending trial. Maynard is a former instructor at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University. He was arrested in a restricted area in the Lassen National Forest near the Conard Fire back in early August.

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