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A Selah man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for a string of arsons in Yakima last year.

Ronald Edward Taylor, 22, entered a no contest plea in June to arson and reckless burning charges in connection with four fires that broke out on the morning of March 4, 2018. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld Thursday sentenced Taylor to 98 1/2 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and more than $350,000 in fines for the fires.

The fires struck two abandoned homes, the El Nayarita Mexican Restaurant and a dumpster outside an apartment complex in the 800 block of North Sixth Avenue. Surveillance video led investigators to Taylor, whom court records show was on pretrial release while facing charges of failing to register as a sex offender at the time of the fires. He had been convicted of first-degree child molestation and commercial sex abuse of a minor in 2010 in Lewis County Superior Court, according to court documents.

Court records also show Taylor was convicted of five counts of reckless burning in 2017.


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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.