A part-time window washer was convicted of starting the "forty-niner" brush and forest fire, which last September blazed across 33,000 acres of Sierra foothills and destroyed 200 homes.

A Sutter County Superior Court jury deliberated 41/2 hours over two days before finding Gary Parris, 39, guilty Friday of two felony counts of reckless burning, which together carry a maximum sentence of 31/2 years in prison.Judge Timothy Evans must now decide if Parris is sane.

The squatter, known in his Grass Valley hometown as "The Bucket" because he often washed windows in downtown stores, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Parris arrivd in court Friday with a badly swollen eye and five stitches, which his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Gary Gordon, said was the result of a beating inflicted by Par-ris' cellmates the night before.