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Man accused of torching apartment with children inside convicted of attempted murder

A man accused of setting fire to an apartment with two young children inside has been convicted of attempted murder and arson.

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday found 57-year-old Richard Galindo guilty of one count of attempted murder with willful premeditation and deliberation, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of arson of an inhabited structure, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Galindo and the victim were friends, and on June 2, 2015, Galindo drove to the victim’s apartment. When the victim refused to meet with Galindo, Galindo became angry and banged on the apartment door, demanding the victim speak with him, the news release said. The victim’s friend, roommate and two small children were also in the apartment at the time.

The victim stood at a second-story window and he and Galindo argued. Galindo threatened to burn down the apartment, then set fire to an object and threw it through the first-floor window, igniting the downstairs of the small apartment, the news release said.

The victim and other occupants of the apartment barely escaped out the back door. The fire destroyed the victim’s apartment and severely damaged neighboring apartments, according to the news release.

Galindo has a prior 2003 strike conviction under California’s three-strikes law for assault with a deadly weapon, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is to be sentenced Feb. 22 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy