March 5, 2015
A former firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management who admitted setting three Nevada wildfires in 2005 was sentenced today to six months house arrest and ordered to pay nearly 28,000 dollars in restitution.
34-year-old Mark E- Morgan of Reno also was placed on five years
probation and ordered to pay the B-L-M back the nearly 1,000 dollars in overtime it paid him to fight the fires he started on national forest land in north-central Nevada in August 2005.
Morgan who earlier pleaded guilty to the arson-related felony charge. He told U-S District Judge Edward Reed in Reno late today he wanted to apologize for his actions and wanted to rectify the damage. He says he embarrassed himself, his family and his close friends.
The judge considered sentencing him to five months in prison but cited Morgan's confession and his lack of any prior criminal trouble in settling on the electronic monitoring at his home, where he can leave only to work, attend church and receive medical care.