A volunteer firefighter who was convicted of setting a wildland fire in 2012, and served two years in prison, has been ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution for his crime.
Nathaniel Bartholomew was 18 when he intentionally set the Karney Fire that burned over 440 acres, destroyed one home and threatened 275 others. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, but was paroled on April 30, 2015 after serving two years. On May 22, 2015, Judge Patrick Owen ordered Bartholomew to pay a total of $2,398,826.83 in restitution to his victims.
Bartholomew, now 21, was a volunteer firefighter with the Clear Creek Fire Department.