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Man Accused of Lighting 13 Fires in Calif. Faces 325 Years



    Patrick William Brennan is seen in this booking photo provided by San Jose police.

    A convicted arsonist and sex offender accused of setting 13 fires in San Jose last month made a brief appearance Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

    Patrick Brennan, 48, of San Jose, stood before Judge Shelyna Brown and agreed to waive his right to a trial within 60 days of his arraignment, which took place on Jan. 17.

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    Brown set the next court appearance for Brennan, who has yet to enter a plea, for March 17.

    Brennan faces a potential sentence of 325 years to life if convicted of all 10 felony arson charges and three attempted arson allegations filed by the district attorney's office, according to public defender Charlie Hendrickson.

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    The possible sentence includes 25 years to life for each count with additional penalties for enhancements and for a potential third strike based on Brennan's prior felony convictions, Hendrickson said.

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    Brennan is on a registry for people who must report to police agencies as a convicted arsonist, prosecutors said.

    Also, due to a conviction on a sexual battery charge, he is on California's Megan's Law list of sexual offenders, according to the state's Department of Justice website.

    Prosecutors' case against Brennan includes six counts of arson on an inhabited structure, three counts of arson on a structure, three counts of attempting to set a fire and one count of arson on a property.

    San Jose police arrested Brennan on Jan. 15 for allegedly setting multiple fires near downtown San Jose.

    Police say that Brennan, following his arrest, admitted to detectives that he set the fires, led them to the scenes of each of the fires and described how he lit them.

    The fires were ignited between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10 in the area between Santa Clara and William streets and between 17th and 33rd streets, according to prosecutors.