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Man Who Admitted To Intentionally Starting Over 100 Fires Convicted On Arson Charges

A Red Bluff man has been convicted of arson in a Tehama County court trial. 38-year-old Franklin Goubert was found guilty last week of felony arson of forest land and 2 felony counts of arson of property. Red Bluff Police and Fire Departments linked Goubert to multiple fires in 2020 and 2021. He was already suspected of some fires when he was arrested in July in Red Bluff City Park for outstanding warrants. After his release from jail, Goubert apparently admitted to setting more than 100 arson fires over the past four years. He said he was able to put most of them out himself and they were never reported, though a few of them got away from him. At the time, he said he did not consider himself an arsonist because he felt he was cleaning up vegetation and debris in open space areas as a public service. Sentencing is March 14th.