HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Helena man accused of starting wildfires that caused nearly $1 million in damage has received a 40-year suspended sentence.
The Independent Record reports Frederick Maw was sentenced Monday and ordered to continue mental health treatment. He had previously entered Alford pleas to two felony charges of arson. An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but concedes there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Maw was arrested in May 2013 for sparking 20 fires in Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties. Authorities say the then-18-year-old was found at one of the fire sites wearing firefighting gear and holding a trigger-operated lighter.
Court documents say Maw told police he was a contract firefighter and had intended to fight the fires.
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