Teen Sentenced in Mentor Marsh Fire

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MENTOR — A teenager who pleaded guilty to arson after admitting he set a fire at the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve will serve probation.

The teen told a Lake County juvenile court judge that he started the fire because he was “bored.”

November’s fire burned about ten acres and hundreds of firefighters were needed to put out the flames.

A juvenile court judge sentenced the 13-year-old boy to an indefinite term of probation with a minimum of six months. If he violates the terms of probation, he could be sent to a youth detention center.

The teen must also get counseling, attend a fire prevention program and write an essay about the importance of the marsh.

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