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Volunteer firefighter gets prison time for tire fire

Posted April 1, 2011

— A Columbus County firefighter was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for setting fire to a tire store in September 2009, federal authorities said.

Daniel Wayne Scott, 20, of Chadbourn, also was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution.

Scott, Michael Cody Clamp, 19, and Richard Blake Turner, 21, set fire to a Carolina Tire store in Chadbourn on Sept. 21, 2009, so that Scott could earn some extra money, federal prosecutors said. He was a volunteer with the Klondyke-Chadbourn Fire & Rescue Department.

Scott climbed into the building through a broken window, splashed a flammable liquid on some tires and started the fire, prosecutors said.

About 30,000 tires were inside the store, and the fire burned for four days. About 150 firefighters from 36 fire departments battled the fire.

Turner pleaded guilty in October to aiding and abetting arson, and he was sentenced to 42 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution.

Clamp pleaded guilty in January to aiding and abetting arson. He will be sentenced later.


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  • truthBknown2 Apr 1, 2011

    I am sure their parents are upset, why the mockery of them?

  • jrfergerson Apr 1, 2011

    Now where does anyone think these kids are gonna find over a million dollars to pay the restitution. I know let them work in the prison doing laundry, cooking or cleaning instead of sitting around pumping irons and watching tv in the luxury of the air conditioned prisons. But one can rest assured that would be too much like cruel and unusual punishment for them. And we taxpayers can support them while they are there. oh an lets not forget they will get free healthcare while we moral citizens have to pay for ours (courtesy of those we voted in the political realm for the state workers) Lest those politicians forget at election time - LET me remind you we will NOT forget.

  • nogade Apr 1, 2011

    Ah yes, those proud proud parents. What smart, intelligent and fine young fellows you have there. But you know, for some reason, they just don't look to smart now do they! ha ha..

  • Glass Half Full Apr 1, 2011

    The victim will never see a dime but the boys credit will be ruined forever. I think any and all wages they earn should be heavily garnished until they do truly pay for their crime.

  • jeff27577 Apr 1, 2011

    dont people in jail make like a buck a day? lock them up until they can pay. or just shoot them and be done with it

  • seaturtles246 Apr 1, 2011

    Ahhhhh, their parents must be so proud!

  • r u crazy too Apr 1, 2011

    paying restitution is a good idea. Now, how are these kids going to come up with 1.5 million a piece: $25.00 a week for the rest of their lives?