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Griffith Park Arsonist Gets 16 Years in Prison

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Gary Allen Lintz, a 44-year-old Glenadale man who was arrested in connection with a handful of arson fires at Griffith Park last year, was sentenced to 16 years in prison today. He pleaded no contest to one of the fires and admitted causing "great bodily injury to a firefighter" in his August 16th conflagration. In exchange for his plea, the judge dismissed charges for starting fires on July 27, Aug. 4 and Aug. 23. Lintz, who was already on parole for arson, has remained in jail since last August. He was caught on August 23rd when trying to flee the park with a group of bicyclists. He was singled out because he was the only one in the group not wearing racing attire.