Saturday 22 October 2016

Arsonist's selfie video lands him in prison with $60 million fine

Mark O'Beirne

Published 11/04/2016 | 10:11

King Fire
King Fire

Wayne Allen Huntsman pleaded guilty to setting off King Fire in 2014, something he couldn't dispute when his own video shows him at its origin/

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If you want to stand any chance of getting away with a crime, you probably shouldn’t record yourself doing it. Take it from this man who recorded a video of him setting a fire, which has earned him a 20-year prison sentence and a $60 million fine.

Wayne Allen Huntsman pleaded guilty to setting off King Fire, the blaze in 2014 that lasted for around a month and burned through 100,000 acres in northern California. Huntsman recorded a video of himself at the fire’s origin, showing off two small forest fires.

Huntsman then showed his video to a retired firefighter who happened to be driving by. The driver recorded a video of Huntsman’s video and turned it over to the authorities. Huntsman was arrested just a few days later.

This incident goes to show that pride really does come before a fall.

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