This Oct. 8, 2017, file aerial photo, shows the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting a massive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods has pleaded guilty. The boy from Vancouver, Wash. listened Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, to an hour of testimony from those affected by the wildfire and then read a statement apologizing for his actions. He was sentenced to community service and five years of probation. Authorities have not released his name.
This Oct. 8, 2017, file aerial photo, shows the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting a massive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods has pleaded guilty. The boy from Vancouver, Wash. listened Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, to an hour of testimony from those affected by the wildfire and then read a statement apologizing for his actions. He was sentenced to community service and five years of probation. Authorities have not released his name. Mark Graves AP
This Oct. 8, 2017, file aerial photo, shows the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting a massive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods has pleaded guilty. The boy from Vancouver, Wash. listened Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, to an hour of testimony from those affected by the wildfire and then read a statement apologizing for his actions. He was sentenced to community service and five years of probation. Authorities have not released his name. Mark Graves AP

The Columbian: Punishment fit the crime

February 24, 2018 02:36 PM