The 33-year-old man who started several dumpster fires in downtown Yuma on the Fourth of July won’t be going to prison or serving any time in jail for those crimes.

Court records indicate that Blase Anthony Smith was sentenced on Monday to 24 months of supervised probation for resisting arrest by Superior Court Judge Brandon Kinsey.

Smith had pleaded guilty to the offense in a plea agreement with prosecutors on July 30. In return for his guilty plea, three misdemeanor counts of arson against Smith were dismissed,

According to information provided by Yuma police, officers and Yuma Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the area of Main Street in downtown Yuma at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Witnesses had reported seeing a male subject setting fire to multiple dumpsters in the area.

Officers located the suspect, now identified as Smith, who allegedly brandished a knife in a threatening manner while yelling at them, police said.

Smith eventually dropped the knife, but reportedly resisted arrest by fighting with police. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

A resident of Yuma, Smith, who also has a probation violation, was booked into the Yuma County jail.

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