Firebomb Suspect Admits to Arson

Thursday, Jan 6, 2011  |  Updated 7:15 AM PDT
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Firebomb Suspect Admits to Arson

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A man accused of firebombing police stations and other places in San Diego has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony arson and will enter a probation program for mentally ill offenders.

A defense attorney for 27-year-old Edward Charles Batties said Wednesday that the court agreed to suspend a prison sentence of more than six years so Batties could enter the probation program.

Authorities say Batties was arrested in February after he threw the homemade bombs at police stations, homes and an unoccupied school.

Defense attorney Kenneth Kaminski says while the charges were extremely serious, no buildings burned and his mentally ill client had no concept of how the explosives worked.

Batties could be sent to prison if he violates his probation.

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