Girl convicted in Cocos fire case to be sentenced

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sentencing was scheduled Wednesday in the case of a teenage girl convicted of starting the Cocos wildfire last May.

The fire, started in a neighbor’s backyard, burned more than 2,000 acres and destroyed more than 35 homes.

The girl, who was 13 at the time of the fires, expressed glee when she discovered that she had started the fire, according to Deputy District Attorney Shawnalyse Ochoa. She allegedly told investigators that she knew starting the fire intentionally was wrong, but wanted to see what would happen if she set it.

According to Ochoa, Wednesday’s sentencing will focus on rehabilitation for the girl, as opposed to punishment.

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