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June 12, 2014

Former Compton Fire Battalion Chief Sentenced for Arson, Embezzlement

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:34 am

A former Compton fire battalion chief was sentenced yesterday to three years and four months in state prison after he was convicted of embezzlement and arson, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose of the Target Crimes Division, Arson Section, said Marcel Dione Melanson, 38, was immediately remanded into custody.

At his court appearance, the defendant paid $100,000 in restitution to victims and to the city of Compton. Also, Melanson was ordered to pay an additional $417,477.82 to the city of Compton.

Moreover, the defendant must register as an arson offender for life.

The sentence from Judge David M. Horwitz comes after Melanson pleaded no contest on April 15 to embezzlement by public or private officer and arson of property.

Prosecutors said that on Dec. 11, 2011, Melanson reportedly set fire to radio equipment that then caused extensive damage to the Compton Fire Department’s headquarters. The defendant allegedly set the fire to conceal the theft of the radio equipment.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Montebello Fire Department and Long Beach Fire Department investigated the case.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / June 10, 2014


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