Teen gets more than 2 years for Tacoma pagoda fire

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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.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com