The following is a press release was issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:
A Mendocino County man accused of a felony charge of recklessly causing a Ukiah fire this summer entered a no contest plea on Wednesday in Superior Court.
Nathaniel Scott Chim, 27, admitted his role in the July 14 fire. Chim set fire to a dumpster behind the Fairfield Inn about 9:30 p.m. and then fled the scene as the fire grew.
As part of the plea agreement, Chim stipulated to a three-year state prison term, the maximum sentence allowed for the felony charge under current California law.
Judge Carly Dolan will sentence Chinn on Oct. 13.
Deputy District Attorney Heidi Larson prosecuted the Chim case, based on an investigation by the Ukiah Police Department. The Ukiah Valley Fire Department officially determined the cause of the fire. Management of the Fairfield Inn turned over security camera footage used by investigators to identify Chim.