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Man accused in deadly homeless attacks had set man on fire in 2010

Man accused in deadly homeless attacks had set man on fire in 2010

The 36-year-old man accused in a string of brutal attacks on homeless men that left two dead and two critically injured was convicted in 2010 of setting a homeless man on fire in Chula Vista.

Anthony Padgett, who was himself homeless at the time, was found guilty of mayhem for setting a fire that burned Sydney Moreno, a friend of Padgett’s, over 20% to 25% of his body. Padgett was sentenced to four years in prison.

He currently faces two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in a series of attacks targeting transients that began Sunday. Three of the four victims were sleeping when they were attacked. All of the men suffered similar and significant...

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