Two men have been convicted of the arson that destroyed the notable Turlock eatery Red Steer five years ago.
Jeremy Britt and Tracy Smith pleaded no contest to arson charges on Oct. 1 and each have been sentenced to 180 days in jail.
The two convicted arsons will also be placed on three years formal probation, according to the Stanislaus County Superior Court.
Britt and Smith, who were first arrested in July of 2009, are required to surrender to the jail by Jan. 30, 2015.
Arson of a structure, the charge the two pleaded guilty to, typically is a felony punishable by two to six years in a prison, however the sentence was reduced to 180 days because of the plea deal.
The Red Steer was set on fire in May 28, 2009 to cash in on an insurance policy. The blaze caused more than $1 million in damage to the restaurant.
Scott Soiseth and his son-in-law Smith owned the Red Steer Restaurant. Soiseth bought the restaurant in 1984, the same restaurant he worked as a busboy when he was 16 years old. The restaurant was originally opened in 1968.
Although the former Red Steer location, at 203 S. Golden State Blvd., remains empty, a chiropractic office is planned for the empty lot.
Dr. Sargon Malek, D.C., a local chiropractor who owns Malek Chiropractic, will be developing the property to relocate his current practice while also adding another commercial space to lease.
Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com 04-05-14