Long Sentenced In Newell Street Arson

Long Sentenced In Newell Street Arson

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The first of two 18 year olds who admitted to setting a Watertown building on fire earlier this year was sentenced Friday.

John Long of Brownville was sentenced in Jefferson County Court to two-and-a-third to 7 years in prison, the term that was included in the plea deal he agreed to in September.

Two city firefighters, T.G. Kolb and George Yarnell, were injured when a wall of the Newell Street building collapsed on them while they were battling the February 19 blaze.

During Friday's sentencing, the prosecution read a statement on Kolb's behalf.

"Based on what you heard in the victim impact statement, he's got long-term serious injuries that he's going to have to grapple with the rest of his life. So this has really impacted him personally and physically and that's why I think he wanted to be heard," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Patricia Dziuba.

Long and 18 year old Scott Munson of Watertown both admitted to setting the fire and agreed to plead guilty to third-degree arson and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Munson faces the same prison term when he's sentenced Monday.

In addition to the charges they pleaded guilty to, their indictments also accused them of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree burglary.

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