The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney:
Defendant Travis Joseph Humphrey, age 32, generally of the Ukiah area, was sentenced in the Mendocino County Superior Court Thursday afternoon to 108 months in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
On December 2nd of last year, Ukiah fire and police personnel were dispatched to a 9-1-1 emergency call reporting a fire inside an occupied group home in Ukiah.
After the fire was extinguished and witnesses were interviewed, investigators came to focus their attention on the defendant. Evidence developed during the investigation was compelling that defendant Humphrey had set a fire to a downstairs bedroom to which he had been assigned just that day.
After setting the fire, he left the room, closed the bedroom door, and departed the house. He was seen outside the house looking through the window at the growing fire before he finally departed the scene.
When an interior smoke alarm went off, the house manager went to check and discovered the defendant’s room on fire. After calling for help, the house manager evacuated the other residents from the house without anybody getting hurt.
At the time of this offense, the defendant was on informal probation for being a misdemeanor accessory to the reckless setting of a fire by another defendant on Airport Park Boulevard in August 2021.
Because an arson of an inhabited dwelling is characterized as a violent felony and thus is a conviction that can be used as a future Strike, the early release credits the defendant may attempt to earn in state prison are limited by law to no more than 15% of the overall sentence.
Upon release, the defendant will be required to register for life as an arson offender with local law enforcement in any community to which he is paroled.
The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and the Ukiah Police Department worked hand-in-hand in the investigation of this case.
The attorney who has been handling the prosecution of this defendant from arraignment through sentencing is District Attorney David Eyster.
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder presided over today’s sentencing hearing.