WEST HOLLYWOOD—A jury found, Harry Burkhart, a German national sane on Monday, March 5 for his role in setting a series of fires over several days during the holiday season in December 2011, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced.
Jurors deliberated for several hours before finding Burkhart sane for setting 47 fires starting on December 30, 2011, under vehicles or near homes using various incendiary devices.
Burkhart, 30, was found guilty in September 2016 of 25 counts of arson of property, 18 counts of arson of an inhabited dwelling and two counts each of possession of an incendiary device, attempted arson and arson of a structure. He was arrested in West Hollywood after his van was stopped by authorities matching the description of the suspect they were searching for. He was responsible for damage to the home of the late The Doors singer Jim Morrison.
The defendant’s sentencing is set for Friday, March 23, 2018, where he faces a possible maximum sentence of 88 years and eight months in state prison. Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney James Falco and Deputy District Attorney Joy Roberts of the Target Crimes Division prosecuted the case.
Burkhart set the fires as a form of retaliation after his mother, Dorothee Burkhart was arrested in the United States in connection with alleged crimes in Germany on fraud charges. He set fires in Hollywood, Laurel Canyon, Studio City, West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson and Counterterrorism Section, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.