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Teens get jail time for '08 arson Staff and wire reports

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Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 11:00 pm

A prank that ended with a $6 million arson fire and several injuries has landed two teens in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Hector Campoy sentenced 19-year-old Jeffrey Harry Moore Jr., to six years in prison on one count of arson, and to four years of probation on a count of endangerment.

The judge sentenced 19-year-old Bryce Cameron Hobbs to one year in prison for each of two counts of criminal damage. He will serve the sentences concurrently. Moore and Hobbs were both 18 at the time of the fire. They pleaded guilty to avoid a trial.

The fire set last April destroyed eight units at Le Mirage Apartment complex near Linda Vista Boulevard and Thornydale Road in the Northwest. The blaze also damaged a nearby construction site.

The three-alarm fire took nearly three hours for the Northwest Fire Department to contain, involving 13 firefighting apparatus and 45 to 50 firefighters.

Firefighters from Golder Ranch and Rural / Metro fire departments also assisted in fighting the blaze.

The fire caused damage to three structures, two of which were under construction at the time. The fire also gutted an inhabited apartment building, displacing 16 families.

Three people were injured in the fire, with burned hands and arms.

Some of the victims living in the complex at the time attended the trial, where they showed the judge burn scars they received during the fire.

Both defendants apologized to the victims.

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