Man charged with starting Brian Head fire wants trial moved, cites 'hatred' in community

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  • ZHunt St George, UT
    July 17, 2018 10:43 p.m.

    Does he deny he started the fire? Is he not known to be the one who started this fire. no matter whether it was with a match or a torch?
    Considering the long term consequences of his actions on the water and other natural resources to the residents of Parowan, Panguitch, and surrounding areas and those whose homes burned, the very small fine and possibilty of a short jail term is a miniscule slap on the wrist. That punishment does not fit the crime. Not even close.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2018 3:21 p.m.

    This is one of those cases where a move of trial location should be a no-brainer. Of course he cannot get a fair trial inside of Iron county, possibly not inside the entire State of Utah; and with the notorious nature of the fire news spread; possibly not even anywhere in the Western US... though I doubt he would want to travel far east for a trial... at the very least; he should be granted a trial outside of those that live nearby.

  • uterebel50 West Valley, UT
    July 17, 2018 12:46 p.m.

    He can always request a bench trial and leave the hatred of the jury pool out of it.

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    July 17, 2018 10:21 a.m.

    He is getting off easy with two misdemeanor charges. But why is this even going to trial? Does he deny starting the fire or does he deny putting human life in danger or burning without a permit?

    He did all three.

  • eldonp Parowan, UT
    July 17, 2018 10:19 a.m.

    There has been lots of misinformation about the fire. At the time, for instance, Mike Noel blamed environmental groups and federal land management agencies in colorful terms. Other politicos jumped on the bandwagon. The problem with Noel's claim was that the environmental groups did not start the fire, and the fire burned on private--not public (federal)--land for the first two days, meaning that federal land management had nothing to do with it.

    That said, it is clear the defendant can't get a fair trial in Iron County, where Parowan has had no secondary irrigation water for a year, and every time it rains there are debris flows in Parowan Canyon, both because of the fire.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 17, 2018 10:07 a.m.

    RE: "Man charged with starting Brian Head fire cites 'hatred' in community"...
    D'ya think?

    When you start a fire that burns down everybody in the community homes... there's going to be some anger in that community. Even if it's an "Accident".

    You need to think about your neighbors (and their property) when you start a fire. You may be comfortable assuming you can control the fire, but if you think about them... you're probably going to make sure you can control the fire, or not even start the fire in the first place.

    The neighbors are probably pretty mad, I would expect that.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2018 9:38 a.m.

    I agree with the good Dr. It's also an example of mob rule, how people can be deceived by rumors and false accusations, making justice almost impossible to achieve.

  • dordrecht Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2018 9:23 a.m.

    How would he feel if someone burned down his home?

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    To hold a trial where no one has heard about the fire, it may have to be moved to another state.

  • Guido Pescatore Layton, UT
    July 17, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    His thoughtless actions cause people to lose their homes and they hate him? Weird.

  • jawico Cedar City, UT
    July 17, 2018 8:50 a.m.

    I hope he gets his trial moved. He's right in saying there is a lot of hatred toward him in and around the community of Brian Head.

  • DrGroovey Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2018 11:33 p.m.

    This is a perfect example of why we have the option of moving a criminal trial to a more neutral place.