Jul 28, 2015 2:55 PM by News Staff
The man who started a wildfire that destroyed roughly half the town of Weed last September has been sentenced to three years in prison, with no chance for probation.
Ronald Marshall, 25, pleaded guilty in June, and according to Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus, he will serve two years in prison for reckless burning, with a third year for burning multiple structures.
In court for sentencing Tuesday morning, a judge recommended a three year sentence for Marshall, and then opened up the court for victim impact statements. Fire victims looked Marshall in the eye and explained the pain and suffering he has caused in their lives.
Prosecutors say Marshall was caught on surveillance video near the Boles Creek Apartments, where the fire started, and say he confessed to starting the blaze during questioning.
The Boles Fire, which broke out on September 15, 2014, torched nearly 500 acres and destroyed more than 150 homes and structures in the town of Weed.