A man looks at the burned out doorway of the Chinese Consulate after a suspect, later identified as Yan Feng of Daly City, set the consulate on fire on New Year's Day 2014. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

Daly City man sentenced for setting fire to SF Chinese Consulate

A 42-year-old Daly City man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for setting fire to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco in January 2014.

Yan Feng, who pleaded guilty to a felony offense in connection with the crime, was sentenced Thursday to 35 months in prison and three years probation.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney, after Feng pleaded guilty in September.

Feng was charged with a single count of “offering violence to a foreign official.”

On New Year’s Day 2014 Feng set two plastic containers full of gasoline alight — the FBI called it an “incendiary device” — at the front door of the Chinese Consulate on Geary Boulevard blocks away from Japantown.

He was arrested soon after by the FBI and has since been in federal custody. Feng told authorities he was the one who “made the fire” at the consulate. He also said that he’d targeted the consulate because he heard voices in Mandarin that he thought were coming from that location.

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