Volunteer firefighter gets 10 years for starting wildfire near Robie Creek

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Volunteer firefighter gets 10 years for starting wildfire near Robie Creek

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 3:37 PM

BOISE COUNTY -- The volunteer firefighter who intentionally started a wildfire near Robie Creek last September was sentenced today.

Nineteen-year-old Nathaniel Bartholomew was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with three-and-a-half fixed. The judge put him in a rider program for the next six months.

Bartholomew was a volunteer firefighter with the Clear Creek Fire Department.

He admitted to starting the Karney Fire that burned 440 acres, destroyed one home and threatened several others.

When Bartholomew learned he was going to prison he began to weep in the courtroom.

The fire damages are estimated to be around $2.5 million. Restitution will be determined at a later date.

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