Arson suspects back in court |

Arson suspects back in court

KINGS BEACH – The two arson suspects who allegedly set fire to a Kings Beach garage door business will have their pretrial conference Monday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. in Tahoe City.

Kevin F. O’Connor, the owner of Lakeside Overhead Door Company, and an employee, Gregory Doble, both face felony charges of conspiracy to commit arson. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges at their arraignment Feb. 17.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Cattran said that a preliminary hearing date will most likely be set on Monday. If the men are convicted they could each face a possible 14-year jail sentence.

Investigators believe that O’Connor, 39, and Doble, 35, intentionally staged a burglary and set fire to the Lakeside Overhead Door Company on Feb. 8, said Detective Sgt. Jeff Granum of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

O’Connor was initially charged for the attempted murder of Doble, who was trapped inside the building and suffered second-degree burns, but the charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

O’Connor remains in custody at the Placer County Jail in Auburn, with his bail set at $50,000. Doble has been released on his own recognizance.

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