A former Bountiful apartment manager who set a series of fires in Bountiful and Salt Lake City last year has been sentenced to one to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution that could total nearly $60,000.
James P. White, 21, was sentenced Tuesday by 2nd District Judge Douglas L Cornaby. White's sentence was based on a 90-day prison evaluation ordered in October.The evaluation diagnosed White as suffering from pyromania and recommended mental therapy.
Cornaby said he agrees with the evaluation but White needs to be kept locked up while he undergoes therapy because he is a danger to society. White has admitted setting up to 10 fires in Bountiful and Salt Lake last summer, including one in the apartment complex he was managing.
He pleaded guilty in September to a charge of aggravated arson, a second-degree felony that carries a prison term of one to 15 years. Before sentencing, Cornaby ordered the 90-day prison evaluation.
In addition to prison, the judge fined White $1,250 and ordered him to pay restitution of $25,500 for the Bountiful fires, a figure that White and defense attorney Steve Vanderlinden agreed could total around $60,000 with the addition of the Salt Lake fires.