Parolee Arraigned in Fire That Gutted 6 Garages

A parolee accused of setting a fire that gutted six apartment garages and damaged several cars pleaded not guilty Monday to arson. Paul Edward Adams, 33, entered his plea in Los Angeles Municipal Court to one count of arson of an inhabited building and to five counts of arson of a structure.

A preliminary hearing and bail review for Adams, held on $160,000 bond, is scheduled for March 7. If convicted, Adams faces up to 38 years in prison. He also was charged with violating the terms of his parole for a robbery conviction, which could result in additional time to any sentence he receives.

Adams, who lives in the 4000 block of Nicholet Avenue, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of setting fires in a one-hour period to six apartment garages on his street, Linscott Place and West Coliseum Street.