Pasadena Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Victorian House Arson

38-year-old Pasadenan Kristoffer Eugene Caldwell pleaded no contest last Friday to an arson charge in connection with the August 1, 2018 fire which devastated a historic Victorian house at 30 West Mountain Street in Pasadena. Caldwell will also be required to pay restitution.

Published : Monday, September 10, 2018 | 7:11 PM

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge in Pasadena sentenced a 38-year-old Pasadena man to four years in prison Friday, September 7, for last month’s arson of a historic, vacant 132-year-old Victorian home in Pasadena.

The man, Kristoffer Eugene Caldwell, was arrested hours after the fire that gutted the property on the night of August 1.

A week later, he pleaded not guilty to the charge of arson.

Last Friday, however, Caldwell accepted a plea deal and pleaded no contest to the same charge.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Caldwell will also have to pay restitution for the damage, although an amount is yet to be set.

Caldwell was arrested after a witness pointed him out to an arson investigator, as he mingled with the crowd watching the fire scene. Other witnesses positively identified him as a suspect during field show-ups.

In September last year, the same house at 30 W. Mountain Street – believed to be one of the oldest in Pasadena – caught fire and sustained an estimated $1.4 million in property damage.

That first fire was also believed to have been arson, although no suspect was arrested then.

The home was built in 1886 by Amos Wright, whose family have been longtime residents of Pasadena.

In 1970, Justice Donald Wright was appointed by Gov. Ronald Reagan as California’s 24th Chief Justice. The Pasadena Central Library’s Donald R Wright Auditorium is named in his honor.









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