- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WOODLAND, CALIF. (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for setting a dozen wildfires in rural northern California.

Robert Eason, 39, was sentenced Wednesday on charges of arson, using time-delay fuses and possessing incendiary devices.

Arson investigators say there have been no suspicious roadside fires in Capay Valley northwest of Sacramento since Eason’s arrest in October 2006.

Investigators used satellite tracking and hidden cameras to catch the former captain with the Capay Volunteer Fire Department.

Eason’s attorney had argued that his client had incendiary devices because he was conducting experiments on his own time to help capture the arsonist.

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