DATE: December 15, 2017
CASE: William Joseph Babbitt (Case #17FE005738)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Neil Ferrera, Special Investigations Unit
William Joseph Babbitt pled no contest to felony arson of an inhabited structure or property, felony possession of flammable material and misdemeanor domestic violence.
William Babbitt suspected the victim had dated his estranged wife. On August 20, 2016, Babbitt went to the victim’s apartment and set fire to the front door while the victim was asleep. A neighbor saw the fire, alerted the victim and extinguished the fire. Later that morning, Babbitt’s wife confronted him regarding the incident. During this confrontation, Babbitt threw her to the ground causing a scrape to her left arm. Investigators determined that Babbitt used an accelerant to set the fire. At the time of these crimes, Babbitt was employed as a correctional officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Babbitt will be sentenced to 3 years in state prison. Sentencing is set for January 23, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 37 before the Honorable Stephen Acquisto.
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