CHICO, Calif. - According to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, three Chico women admitted their guilt in court Wednesday morning for attempting to set a Chico State University police car on fire. Ramsey says Maria Magana, 21, Clarissa Pauline Volasgis, 20, and Autum Nichole Cossins, 20 set a Chico State police car on fire with a molotov cocktail. All three students plead no contest in the Butte County Superior Court to one count of felony attempted arson. The incident took place in the early morning on May 31 when the three defendants decided to "send a message" about police brutality by burning a police car.
The trio also set a series of bushes on fire outside of the parking structure on the other side of the police station about 2:30 a.m. before fleeing the scene. A police dispatcher viewing surveillance cameras from inside the station saw Volasgis set herself on fire briefly and then throw part of the incendiary device onto the Chico State police car. All three defendants are due in court on Aug. 5, 2020, for sentencing, Ramsey said. All three remain in custody with no bail. They each face a maximum term of 3 years in state prison.