I/10/2017 Associated Press
A former seasonal firefighter who acknowledged that he set dozens of fire five years ago has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for starting another blaze in 2016.
The Independent Record reports that Helena resident James Maw was sentenced on Monday. Maw lit 20 fires in 2013 that caused over a million dollars in damage.
He was arrested in the York-Nelson area in full fire fighting gear holding a trigger operated lighter. He initially said he was a contract firefighter but later said he started the fires because he enjoyed the camaraderie of firefighter and needed the financial payoff.
He received a 40 year probated sentence for the fire set in 2013.
While on probation, he was arrested for lighting a fire on a ranch where he was employed.
Editors Note: This piece of shit really doesn't get the fact that he placed many firefighters and the public's lives in danger. I hope he gets the camaraderie he wants during shower time in the penitentiary.