Man who lit car on fire at DMV pleads no contest 

A man who lit a vehicle on fire outside the Daly City Department of Motor Vehicles in 2012 in anger over his towed car pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony arson charge and was sentenced to three years in prison, San Mateo County prosecutors said Thursday.

Hugo Carranza, 66, was ordered released after Wednesday’s sentencing because of credit for time already served in jail following the April 23, 2012, arson outside the DMV office at 1500 Sullivan Ave. in Daly City, prosecutors said.

Carranza had his car towed in October 2011 because of expired registration despite his pleas that he needed the vehicle for his housecleaning business, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He later went to the Daly City DMV and paid some, but not all, of the fines and could not get the car released, prosecutors said.

Apparently angry at the DMV and the government in general, Carranza went back to the office with a bottle of fuel and poured it on a 2008 Cadillac that he thought belonged to a DMV employee, prosecutors said.

Carranza then lit the car on fire. He later turned himself in to police, prosecutors said.

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