Fort Collins Man Sentenced for Starting Horsetooth Wildfire
Robert McGehee, a 34-year-old Fort Collins resident pleased guilty to second-degree arson and criminal mischief after allegedly starting a wildfire last September “out of rage and resentment”.
He was given a deferred sentence as well as community service and probation, according to the Coloradoan.
Investigators say on September 5, after fighting with his mother, McGehee lit a patch of grass on fire then tried to put it out with his shirt while at Horsetooth Reservoir.
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies were told that McGehee was frustrated about a recent breakup.
The fire burned 16.2 acres and cost more than $5,000 in resources to extinguish, according to the Coloradoan.