Teen gets more than 2 years for Tacoma pagoda fire
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to arson for a fire at Tacoma's Point Defiance Park pagoda was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in juvenile detention.
The News Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/q4kFmE ) he was given the maximum range -- 142 to 189 weeks.
Prosecutors say he started the fire that was spotted early April 15 by a park employee.
Flames caused about $500,000 in damages to the 97-year-old pagoda. The replica of a 17th century Japanese lodge was the centerpiece of the park's Japanese garden and the setting for weddings and other special events.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com