Feds: Juvenile held accountable for Weber Canyon Fire

Few details released regarding sentence

DURANGO, Colo. - A juvenile has been sentenced for starting the 10,133-acre Weber Canyon Fire in the Mancos Valley last June.

The unidentified youth was charged last November for two acts of juvenile delinquency, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver.  He was also charged with willfully and without authority, lighting timber on fire upon public lands and destruction of government property in excess of $1,000.

The wildfire burned for two weeks, and caused an estimated $10 million in damage on federal, state and private lands. About 140 homes were evacuated in the path of the fire but none were burned.

The juvenile was the subject of a two-day trial in February in Federal District Court in Durango. Because the defendant is a juvenile, the trial was closed to the public and there was no jury.

The youth apologized for the acts of delinquency and to those who were damaged by the action of the juvenile, according to federal officials.

On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported the juvenile had been sentenced and the court is currently in the process of determining an amount of restitution. However, it also said no other information is available regarding the matter.

Earlier, the Durango Herald reported the juvenile faced anything from probation to being incarcerated for up to five years on both delinquency counts.

Durango Herald: http://ow.ly/kSMex

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