Woman blamed for torching disabled man’s home
SAN DIEGO — A woman accused of setting a fire in her room at a South Bay group home, leaving a tenant in a coma from smoke inhalation, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony arson charges.
Glenda Coronado, 46, was ordered held without bail because she was on probation for a vandalism conviction when she allegedly torched her room last Thursday.
Deputy District Attorney Kyle Sutterley told Judge David Szumowski that Coronado was angry at an employee at the group home on Donax Avenue in Palm City when she allegedly started a fire that caused an estimated $120,000 in damage.
One tenant was hospitalized and placed in a coma after suffering from smoke inhalation, Sutterley said.
Two police officers were also taken to a hospital as a precaution, but were OK, the prosecutor said.
Coronado was charged with arson of property from an incident at the same group home in January and arson of a structure causing great bodily injury from the March 31 incident.
She faces nine years and eight months in state prison if convicted.
Defense attorney Michael Dealy told the judge that Coronado has a long history of mental health issues and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
A readiness conference was set for April 14 and a preliminary hearing for April 18.