The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 15, 2012

Firefighters ordered to pay $300,000 for arsons


Warren said Jacobs was 35 at the time, unemployed, the father of five and not cooperative with police.

“Up until today, we did not see signs of remorse,” she said. Bryden said he didn’t show remorse because he was told earlier by others not to do so.

The judge said he was sentencing Jacobs in the aggravated range of sentencing because Snyder was younger and had a learning disability. “You’re older and should have known better. Your sentence is somewhat higher because of that,” he told Jacobs.

For the Tobias blaze, James fined him $300, sentenced him in the aggravated range to three years to six years in jail, ordered him to pay restitution and gave him credit for time served in jail from March 26 or 214 days in jail. For the Stark house fire, he was fined $300 and ordered to serve two years to five years consecutively in jail and pay restitution.

For reckless endangering, he was fined $300 and given a concurrent term or one month to two years in jail. On a conspiracy charge, he was fined $300 and ordered to serve one year to two years in jail concurrently. For the barn fire and damage to the fire truck, he was fined $300 and ordered to spend one year to five years in jail consecutively and to pay restitution. On a charge of risking a catastrophe, Jacobs was fined $300 and given a concurrent term of three months to two years in jail. He was fined $300 and given a consecutive term of nine months to two years and ordered to pay restitution for the field fire.

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