Saturday 16 December 2017

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

King Fire
King Fire

Mark O'Beirne

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/

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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