Former Firefighter Sentenced In Brush Fires Case

Former Firefighter Sentenced In Brush Fires Case

9 January 2009

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USA — A former Honolulu firefighter was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for starting three brushfires this summer.

The fires near Makapuu in July burned 8 acres and endangered three park visitors.

Kenton Leong, 42, admitted he was smoking crystal methamphetamine before lighting the brush.

The Honolulu Fire Department fired Leong four months before the incident.

In his plea deal, Leong accepted the 10-year sentence.

Prosecutors said his cooperation with the investigation and his willingness to seek drug treatment may make him a good candidate for parole. The judge allowed Leong to delay going to jail until he finishes drug treatment.

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