Robert Bush 8:35 a.m., May 25
Marc Bentley Thompson, 52, admitted arson and injury to a roommate in a plea deal he signed last Wednesday, May 2.
Thompson used gasoline to set ablaze his girlfriend’s trailer home in Valley Center last February, according to Sheriff’s Lieutenant J. T. Faulkner. The 43-year-old woman was inside her home at the time and had to run through flames to escape, but she “was able to extinguish the fire to her socks and did not appear to have suffered injury beyond singed arm hair,” according to Lt. Faulkner.
Admitted-arsonist Thompson apparently thought ahead because he had already phoned his 83-year-old mom for a get-away ride, but deputies intercepted the pair driving away, about five miles from the crime scene, according to the lieutenant.
In the plea deal paperwork, a misdemeanor charge of violating a court stay-away order was dropped, and it was agreed that any time imposed for Thompson’s probation violations will run concurrent to the 6 year sentence he expects to get for his new crimes.
Sentencing is set for July in the Vista courthouse.