One of three men who were allegedly tossing papers into a campfire when winds sent embers into the brush north of Glendora, setting off the 1,900-acre Colby Fire, was ordered today to remain in custody.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg gave Jonathan Carl Jarrell a week to find placement in a suitable mental health facility, otherwise the 23-year-old transient will likely be referred to a federal medical unit pending trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Bettinelli said.
The two other suspects -- Clifford Eugene Henry Jr., 22, of Glendora, and transient Steven Robert Aguirre, 21 -- were previously ordered to remain jailed pending trial on the grounds of flight risk, lack of stable living environment and other issues.
The men are each charged with one federal count of unlawfully setting a fire and face up to five years in prison if convicted. Arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 11.
The three were arrested shortly after the fire broke out last early Jan. 16 amid a red flag warning due to an elevated risk of wildfires.
A federal affidavit filed in support of the charges indicates that all three men admitted their roles in the fire.