Damon Luce, the man accused of setting several fires at the Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto, was found mentally unfit to stand trial after a doctor's testimony Feb. 6.
Proceedings against him will be suspended while Luce is sent to a state psychiatric facility to restore his competency until he is fit to stand trial. Duffy McGilligan, Santa Clara County deputy district attorney, said Luce could be in the facility for as long as three years.
Luce allegedly set five fires in the Arastradero Preserve on Aug. 8, 2012. He was charged with five counts of felony arson.
McGilligan said the testifying doctor evaluated Luce as having a psychotic disorder not specified. The court's finding meant that Luce was of a mental state in which he was either unable to understand the nature of the proceedings against him or unable to rationally assist in his defense.