The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 15, 2012

Firefighters ordered to pay $300,000 for arsons


The arsons caused $231,499 in damage to John Tobias’ home, $41,810 in damage to the Jenkins pole barn, $21,132 to an East End Fire Company tanker, $23,724 to the Stark home and $500 to the Johnson field.

Brown explained the fire truck was damaged when it slid off an icy road. “It was very cold and very icy,” he said.

Snyder’s sentence for the Tobias fire was a $300 fine, two years to five years in jail, paying restitution and credit for time served in jail from March 26. For conspiracy, he was fined $300 and given a concurrent jail term of one to two years. For the barn fire, he was fined $300 and ordered to serve a consecutive sentence of one year to four years in jail and pay restitution. For risking a catastrophe, he was fined $300 and jailed three months to two years on a concurrent term. For the Starks fire, he was fined $300 and ordered to serve one year to four years in jail consecutively and to pay restitution.

For reckless endangering, he was fined $300 and sentenced to a concurrent term of one month to two years in prison. For the field fire, he was fined $300 and told to serve nine months to two years in jail consecutively and to pay restitution. For false reports, he was fined $300 and given a consecutive term of one month to two years.

Jacobs said he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea to false alarms because he understood the call required services by a gas company which wouldn’t make it a false alarm.

Warren opposed it saying a plea agreement had been negotiated in exchange for not processing certain charges. She said she didn’t think withdrawing the plea was appropriate at that time.

Jacobs also apologized, saying he was “really sorry for what happened. I know I can’t take anything back.”

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