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4th Boy Sentenced In Civic Stadium Fire

John Stapleton

The fourth boy charged in Eugene's Civic Stadium fire was sentenced today (Wednesday.) As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, the juvenile took responsibility for his actions and must now follow the conditions of his probation.

The last boy in the case was charged with "reckless burning" in June's Civic Stadium fire. Unlike the three other juveniles involved, this child did not appear in court. Instead, a judge ruled based on a signed Formal Accountability Agreement. The sentence includes one year probation.

Lane County Youth Services Spokesmen Jason Davis spoke from outside the courtroom at the Serbu Juvenile Justice Center.

Davis: "When we say the word 'probation' we think that the individual is getting off the hook, so to speak. In no way is this child getting off the hook."

The probationary period has stipulations including a fire safety training course, curfew, education and community service requirements and restitution.

In October, three other youth charged in this case received five years probation. Davis says if each of the boys meet the stipulations to their probations, charges could be dropped.

It is known that three of the boys were 12 years old and one was 10. Davis could not disclose this boy's age.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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