Arson Suspect Pleads Guilty
updated: Feb 24, 2014, 9:00 PM
Source: Santa Barbara District Attorney
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that defendant Amos Lee
Andrews, age 57, pled guilty to Attempted Murder, Arson of an Inhabited Structure with a Use of an
Accelerant enhancement, and First Degree Residential Burglary for setting the Town Center Hotel on fire on
October 12, 2013. It is expected, at the time of his sentencing, that Mr. Andrews will receive 17 years in
state prison where he must serve a minimum of 85% of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.
His sentencing has been continued until March 7, 2014.
In the early morning hours of October 12, 2013, Mr. Andrews broke into the Town Center Hotel located at
215 N. Broadway Street in the city of Santa Maria. He then set the maintenance room on fire. Located in
the maintenance room were cans of paint, paint thinners, and other chemicals. These chemicals acted as
accelerants which caused the fire to spread quickly into other areas of the hotel, resulting in the need to
evacuate all occupants. Over 50 people were present in the hotel at the time of the fire. The Town Center
Hotel was destroyed as a result of the fire. Mr. Andrews was arrested at 7:42 p.m. later that same day.
When commenting on the case District Attorney Dudley said, "The swift response and highly professional
investigation by the Santa Maria Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and the Santa
Maria Police Department led to both the collection of significant evidence and the rapid apprehension of
Mr. Andrews. Additionally, the follow-up support from the District Attorney's Arson Task Force combined
with the legal research conducted by prosecuting Deputy DA Brandon Jebens made it possible to achieve
this successful outcome without incurring the high costs associated with this type of trial."
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