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|January 23, 2019|
3-time arsonist faces extended prison time
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – A twice-convicted firebug is facing a 5-year stint in prison for starting another fire last March at the Joshua Tree National Park.
George William Graham, 26, of Twentynine Palms will also pay $21,019 in restitution to the park service for the damage he caused in the Oasis of Mara.
Graham admitted using a hand-held lighter to set fire to grasses, bushes, palm trees, vegetation, and other items of significance.
Graham was arrested at the scene of the fire as he watched the blaze.
Graham already had two prior arson convictions for which he received sentences of four years in state prison. Graham was still on parole for one of those convictions at the time. He was sentenced Monday in US District Court at Los Angeles.
Story Date: September 17, 2018