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Portola woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for arson

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

A Portola woman who set her home on fire while her daughter was inside was sentenced Friday, March 23, to 10 years in state prison.

Hana Saeko Nay, 45, pleaded “no contest” to three felonies related to the Sept. 1, 2011, blaze that destroyed three houses.

Nay’s 19-year-old daughter, Katie Nay, and two other people managed to escape the home unharmed

Hana Nay was charged with recklessly causing a fire, vandalism and possessing a firearm. She also admitted having a previous “strike” conviction. She was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2006 for negligent discharge of a firearm.

Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister said Nay was sentenced to “the maximum allowed by law for the crimes which she committed.”

Her 10-year, eight-month sentence included Nay being registered as an arson offender. She was ordered to pay restitution.

The fire completely burned the 65 West Magnolia home owned by Nay’s mother, Dorothea Pua, of Hawaii.

The fire also destroyed adjacent houses at 480 Ridge St. and 460 Ridge St.

About 50 firefighting personnel responded to the scene to battle the fires. Some of them were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

In all, 28 vehicles — including 10 fire engines — from fire units in Portola, Eastern Plumas, Plumas Eureka, Sierra Valley, Quincy and the U.S. Forest Service responded.

“These crimes put not only nearby citizens in harm’s way, but also subjected our first responders to immediate danger,” Hollister said.




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