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Man convicted of arson in 2013 Rio Linda firebombing

Billie Lee Cooper
Billie Lee Cooper provided by Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A man accused of tossing a firebomb into a Rio Linda residence in June 2013 has been convicted of arson of an inhabited dwelling and possession of an explosive device.

A Sacramento County jury on Tuesday also found Billie Lee Cooper, 51, guilty of attempted criminal threats, attempted forced oral copulation and battery within a dating relationship, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Cooper had been in a dating relationship with the victim. After the victim broke up with him, he became verbally and physically abusive toward her, assaulting her and attempting to force her to engage in a sex act with another male, authorities said. In June 2013, Cooper verbally threatened the victim, then threw a Molotov cocktail into her bedroom window, igniting property and the structure.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, several adults and a 3-year-old child were inside the home in the 1000 block of Hayer Circle when the explosive device was thrown through the window about 9 p.m. All were able to get out of the residence without injury.

Cooper is to be sentenced Jan. 9 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Alan Sumner.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.