FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A man who was released from Fresno County Jail due to the COVID-19 emergency order is facing several felony charges after Fresno County District Attorney’s Office says he went on to start a series of fires in Selma less than a week later.
The DA’s office says 27-year-old Owen Aguilar was being held pending trial on felony animal cruelty charges – but the statewide emergency order implemented by the Judicial Council designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 allowed his release on Apr. 10.
Prosecutors have charged him with seven felonies as a result of the alleged arson spree on Apr. 16.
If convicted of all charges and enhancements, Aguilar faces a maximum of 45 years and eight months in state prison.