Skip to comments.Hayman Firestarter Won't Spend Any Prison Time In Colo.
Posted on 03/27/2008 11:44:42 AM PDT by george76
Barton Gets 15 Years Probation, Community Service.
A woman who admitted to starting the Hayman Fire will not do any time in Colorado for sparking the largest wildfire in the state's history...
"I feel good. It's done," Terry Barton said, looking relaxed at the hearing.
Barton is currently serving a six-year sentence in a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas and will be released in June. The state wanted her to also serve time in state prison, but Barton's original state sentence of 12 years in prison was overturned by the Colorado Appeals Court.
"Your honor, I'm not asking for forgiveness, I'm just asking for people to move on with their lives," Barton said in court.
District Judge Thomas Kennedy resentenced her on state charges and ruled she did not have to serve any prison time in Colorado.
He also ordered her to pay $30 million in restitution and serve 1,500 hours of community service -- or 100 hours each year she's on probation. The community service will have to be served in the four counties impacted by the fire -- Douglas, Jefferson, Teller and Park counties.
(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...
The Hayman Fire scorched 138,000 acres, destroyed 133 homes and forced more than 8,000 people to leave their homes.
$30 million in restitution
How exactly is this achieved? High restitution fees are ridiculous.
“He also ordered her to pay $30 million in restitution and serve 1,500 hours of community service”
She must be rich. Or the fine is a joke.
the fine is a joke.
Maybe the State of Colorado is going to pay her $20,000/hour for her “community service” (whatever that means).
I knew lots of people up there who lost everything they owned because of that ignorant woman.
To think she's getting no jail time is laughable.
She was a USFS employee when she started the fire.
She wants us to move on with our lives...!!
Many people have not re-built their lost homes...even now.
This is pathetic. She was a Forest Service employee and at best guilty of gross negligence, at worst may have set the fire intentionally. This is not justice.
She admits setting the fire.
The second part is less obvious : many believe that she wanted to be a “ hero “ by finding a fire...She claimed that she was just burning a letter from her estranged husband .
She lied about much of it at first...until the fire investigators caught her in her own lies. Then she “ confessed.”
Yes, I remember reading about it when it happened. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if it was intentional but that’s just about impossible to prove.
Total nutcase....and they simply want to let her walk free. I’m a Colorado taxpayer....and find this all silly. She will never be able to pay anyone back....and likely to just disappear to Alaska within a year....my humble opinion.
I don't shed tears for the Earth when lightening starts a fire; that's natural, and a risk we all take in just about any place we live. The risk could be greatly reduced, of course, if the Enviros would just leave Mother Earth to her own devices.
However, this cretin deserves much more punishment for this crime. Much, MUCH more. Anyone heard a single PEEP from the Enviros on this case? Terry Barton should be their Poster Child for Evil.
It takes a lot of nerve to commit an act like that and then tell people they just need to move on.
Many people lost their homes and do not have the money re-build...
She says : move on.
That really means : I won !
The Enviros are very quiet on this.
Major air pollution during the fire, terrible water pollution from the ash after the fire ( killing fish and other wildlife in the streams and lakes ), the massive heat killed the soil, and...
And let us not forget the firefighters from Oregon that were killed enroute to the fire. I know she’s not directly responsible for that accident, but they would probably be alive today.
” Or the fine is a joke.”
Nah, if she works hard for 40 hours a week, doesn’t take too many coffee breaks, doesn’t spend foolisly for fancy 3 martini lunches for about $145 an hour, she can pay it off in about 100 years. If they bump her wages up to $290 an hour she can work it off in a measly 50 years if they don’t withhold anything from her pay packet.
Become Eliot Spitzer’s bimbo?
“He also ordered her to pay $30 million in restitution”
well, I know _I_ feel better now.
Sell her organs...
Still, I think the six year sentence was just. She didn't mean to start a forest fire; she was incredibly reckless and terminally stupid. And she's ruined her life as well.
I drove through the smoldering area and saw the burned out houses. That woman deserves worse than she got.
She is moving on...
Translation : the big finger to those who lost their homes and do not have the cash to re-build.
"I feel good. It's done," Terry Barton said"I'm just asking for people to move on with their lives," Barton said in court.
A fifth firefighter on his way to battle the Hayman Fire has died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident near Parachute Friday.
Bartholomew Bailey, 20, died Monday evening.
He was among a group of firefighters from Oregon coming to Colorado when their van crashed along Interstate 70.
Four firefighters died that night.
Terry Barton destroyed people’s jobs and businesses that put food on the family table, paid the utilities, taxes...
Floods later raveged the hill side and roads...which then were closed so that hunters, fishermen, recreationalist...could not acces the public lands.
But she is moving on.
Oh, that's ok. We must have compassion for her. After all, that ranch was a symbol of the excessive capitalistic conspicuous consumption that is bordering on affluenza in this nation of economic bullies. America will never be right till the people "bring it all down, man!" (/dripping sarcasm off)