- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teen is getting a reduced sentence after writing 200 apology letters to victims who lost their belongings in the fire he set.

The 18-year-old southwest Florida teen intended to burn the storage facility of his mother’s abusive ex-boyfriend, but when he doused the unit with gasoline and lit a match in February, authorities say the fire spread to about 40 other units. He was a freshman in college at the time.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://tinyurl.com/qdy8d93 ) reports the judge gave him a lighter sentence Friday of five months in county jail and eight years’ probation citing the remorse he showed in the letters. The teen had recently pleaded guilty to second-degree arson and burglary and was ordered to write an apology letters to each victim who lost something.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.


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