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September 29, 2006
Alert: Station Fire: Darigan imposes sentences
As expected, Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr. imposed the sentences he had outlined before accepting no contest pleas from Station owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian.
He sentenced Michael Derderian to 15 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions, with 4 years to be served in minimum security, the remaining 11 years suspended. In addition, he will be ordered into a work-release program and serve 3 years probation after completing his sentence.
Jeffrey Derderian was given a 10-year suspended sentence, with 500 hours of "appropriate" community service and 3 years of probation.
"Sheriff, you may take custody of the defendant," Darigan said, immediately after imposing both sentences.
Michael Derderian was taken into custody.
After the judge's decision, the hallways were quiet. There were no outbursts, no screaming similar to those at the sentencing of Daniel Biechele.
Darigan imposed the sentences after spending about 30 minutes explaining why he decided to accept the plea from the Derderian brothers and how he arrived at an appropriate sentence.
"This court has always been acutely aware that no resolution -- either by trial or plea agreement -- would ever satisfy anyone or everyone."
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