Munson Says He's 'Sorry' For Newell Street FirePosted: Updated:
Admitted arsonist Scott Munson said "I really am sorry" during his sentencing in Jefferson County Court Monday morning.
The 18 year old from Watertown was sentenced to two-and-a-third to seven years in prison for his role in a fire in February that destroyed a building on Newell Street in Watertown and injured two city firefighters.
"I hope I will be able to bring a better life for myself and make it right," Munson said.
Munson and John Long, who also admitted to setting the blaze, will together have to pay $490,000 to cover the cost of the damage. Long was silent at his sentencing.
Both pleaded guilty to third-degree arson and first-degree reckless endangerment. Long was ordered to serve the same prison term when he was sentenced last week.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Patricia Dziuba on Monday read the same victim's impact statement from firefighter T.G. Kolb she read during Long's sentencing.
The statement outlines the serious injuries Kolb suffered and how they will affect the rest of his life.
Firefighter George Yarnell was also injured, but was released a short time after he was taken to the hospital. A wall fell on the two firefighters while they were battling the blaze.