Babatsunian Olunkunle, arrested last October in connection with the small August 2009 Lady Bug brushfire in the Angeles National Forest, pleaded guilty in Pasadena Superior Court last week to one felony charge of recklessly causing a fire to forest land and on Friday was sentenced to two years in prison.
But with credit for time served and good behavior, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Atty. Sean Carney, the 26-year-old native of Nigeria was released from county jail on three years' parole and into a transitional living program.
Forest officials traveling on the Angeles Crest Highway just days before the Station fire broke out noticed smoke rising above the trees and extinguished a small fire about 100 feet from the road. Olunkunle fled the scene, leaving behind a bag of rice and a coffee can filled with water, according to Carney.