Friday, February 25, 2005

It's safer to just die of exposure and not risk it.

Hunter fined $18 million for forest fire

REDDING, Calif. - A lost hunter who started a forest fire in northern California while trying to keep warm was ordered to pay $18.2 million in restitution Wednesday. The fire in the Mendocino National Forest burned 6,058 acres...

Jason Hoskey, 26, of Willows, lit a campfire when he got lost hunting on Sept. 27, 2003. The fire spread after he fell asleep.

Hoskey pleaded no contest in September to a federal misdemeanor of leaving a fire burning or unattended.

An $18.2 million fine for a misdemeanor? What's the going rate out there for a felony these days?