Arson, Penal Code Section 451
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Arson, Penal Code § 451. A person is guilty of
arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes
to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure,
forest land, or property.
Arson that causes great bodily injury is a felony punishable by imprisonment
in the state prison for five, seven, or nine years.
Arson that causes an inhabited structure or inhabited property to burn is a
felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for three, five,
or eight years.
Arson of a structure or forest land is a felony punishable by imprisonment in
the state prison for two, four, or six years.
Arson of property is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison
for 16 months, two, or three years. For purposes of this paragraph,
arson of property does not include one burning or causing to be burned his or
her own personal property unless there is intent to defraud or there is
injury to another person or another person's structure, forest land,
(e) In the case of any person convicted of violating this section while
confined in a state prison, prison road camp, prison forestry camp, or
other prison camp or prison farm, or while confined in a county jail while
serving a term of imprisonment for a felony or misdemeanor conviction,
any sentence imposed shall be consecutive to the sentence for which the
person was then confined.