Jose Asencion Castro, Guilty of Setting Ex-Boss' Boat on Fire, Must've Suffered a Brain Fart

Megan Brescini

previously brought you the bizarre news of a 37-year-old Anaheim man who had been fired being accused of setting his ex-boss' boat on fire.

Jose Asencion Castro, who learned his sorry fate today, obviously forgot who he had been working for.

After pleading guilty to one felony count of arson of another's property with a sentencing enhancement for arson with an accelerant, Castro was sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years of formal probation.

Illustration by Jay Brockman

Castro's life began to unravel in January, when his boss gave him the ax after 14 years of work at an electronics store. Castro had asked his employer to hire a man for a position at the store, but the boss refused. So, Castro slashed the tires of his boss' car. Castro was fired for the retaliation.

He then went to his now ex-boss's house at 10 a.m. on March 12 and found a boat parked on a trailer in the driveway. Castro slashed the two tires on the right side of the trailer, doused them in gasoline, and set the whole rig on fire before fleeing the scene in his car.

Two construction workers noticed the fire and used the boss' hose to put it out. A neighbor called the fire department.

Guess what, genius? You worked for the owner of an electronics store. Naturally, the boss had a video surveillance camera mounted on his home, facing the boat, and it captured you-know-who approaching and leaving the scene.



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