The damage from the fire at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
The man who confessed to setting fire to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment, said U.S. federal prosecutors.
The arsonist was Feng Yanfeng, who held permanent resident status in the United States, but was of Chinese origin. He put three containers of gasoline by the consulate’s front entrance and poured gas on the front door and steps almost three years ago. The fire did substantial damage, but no one was injured.
Feng has been in custody since he confessed to the arson just a few days after the incident in January 2014.
The 42-year-old was originally charged with arson and violence to a foreign official that prompted Chinese government officials to urge the U.S. to provide better protection for their diplomats across the country.
However, his lawyer argued that Feng suffered mental illness. An affidavit in the case also said Feng told federal agents that he was hearing voices that asked him to do so.
After two years’ trail, Feng entered a guilty plea to only one felony count of “offering violence to a foreign official” on September 14 of this year.
Feng will also serve three years of supervised release after his prison term is up.