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Cousins who admit to starting Wallow fire sentenced to 2 days jail time

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 5:00 am | Updated: 5:41 pm, Sat Aug 25, 2012.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On August 22, 2012, Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, of Benson, Ariz., and David Wayne Malboeuf, 25, of Tucson, Ariz., were sentenced for leaving a campfire unattended and building a campfire without removing all flammable material adequate to prevent its escape.

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  • azlildevil posted at 9:41 pm on Wed, Aug 22, 2012.

    azlildevil Posts: 31

    48 hours in jail and 200 hours community service?!?!?!?!?!?1 ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? WHAT A CROCK OF [censored] !!!!!!!!

  • sugarbaby85902 posted at 10:53 pm on Wed, Aug 22, 2012.

    sugarbaby85902 Posts: 6

    The millions of dollars of devastation and lost of acres of land and they get a shame on you ! REALLY!! [angry]

  • eyelab1 posted at 7:16 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    eyelab1 Posts: 54

    There are no consequences in this country for law breakers, you would have got a bigger fine for running a speed camera, what about all the people whos lives where totally destroyed by this fire, the millions of dollars spent in resources, the wild life that was lost, the loss of our forrest, this is so unjust and unfair, WHAT A CROCK!

  • arizonaray posted at 8:48 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    arizonaray Posts: 460

    Who was the judge? If he's an elected official, vote him out. If he's appointed, flood your newspapers with letters of anger over this. Excuse me, I have to go rob a bank. I should only get one week in jail at the most.

  • very concern posted at 9:09 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    very concern Posts: 1

    WHAT!!!!! Doesn't people lives mean anything !!!

  • devilishkatlyn posted at 1:05 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    devilishkatlyn Posts: 181

    This was a slap on the wrist. They could have leveled a ton of charges on them. Here's one... I heard they tracked them down by the dog tags they found amongst the ashes that had their contact info. So they left their dogs there. The judge could have charged them with animal abuse. But no. How about not reporting the incident? They did nothing to report the fire. I find it hard to believe that people can cause the largest fire in the state's history and walk away without spending more than 2 days in jail and some time spent in the forest. The prosecutor holds some responsibility here, besides the judge. Why wasn't every possible charge filed? They should have thrown the book at them to set an example. One things for sure... I won't plan on any support from our justice system if I'm a victim. Seems like you can pretty much get away with anything around here lately.

  • azlildevil posted at 2:15 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    azlildevil Posts: 31

    this is just disgusting!!!! absolutely disgusting!!! What the heck were the county attorney and judge thinking???? SERIOUSLY?!?!?!? the loss of land and animal life and the man hours it took to keep thousands of people, houses and forest land safe....people lost their homes, everything they ever owned.... well now that the names of the people responsible are out there....maybe people should start thinking of filing personal law suites for the loss of homes against these 2 individuals, if that is even possible......[censored]

  • malenurse posted at 6:44 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    malenurse Posts: 5

    I think we should be angrier at the government agencies who mismanaged our forests for years. They shut down logging for the spotted owl, then our forests became so congested and ill that they burn down and now there is no more spotted owl habitat, how ironic! While I agree that two days in jail is just a slap on the wrist, it was only a matter of time before some thoughtless person provided a spark to our tinder box forest. And I have to predict that we are not even close to done with fires of this magnitude.

  • Disabledvet posted at 6:17 am on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    Disabledvet Posts: 17

    I think this is a gross miscarriage of justice. Their community service should be to plant trees in the forest until every tree that burned is replaced and maybe that should be preceded by rebuilding the homes that burned. Until this is accomplished, they are on probation. Housing them in jail would serve no purpose except to make the taxpayers support them with 3 hots and a cot and we have already paid a large enough price for their actions.

  • az_eva posted at 10:13 am on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    az_eva Posts: 88

    [sad] These guys were only facing 1 year in jail and $10,000. fine in the first place. (Where are the cruelty of animal charges?) Of course they didn't start the fire deliberately but how does this stack up against Leonard Gregg who was given 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $28 million in restitution? Just for fun visit this website and look at the charges and the sentences. There seems to be no reason to any of it. http://www.hcn.org/issues/42.13/some-notable-arson-wildfires-in-the-west/print_view

  • Conrad Monroe posted at 10:31 am on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    Conrad Monroe Posts: 7

    Well then, between the Rodeo Chediski and the Wallow fires, over a million acres were destroyed, a large number of homes were destroyed and untold of millions of dollars were spent fighting these fires and recovering from the aftermath.

    Of the four people that were arrested, charged and tried, Three were from Tuconix and one was from the White Mtns. Three got off with a slap to the wrist and one served hard time... makes you go hummmm....

    By the way, the judge in the latest case of is a magistrate in Flagstaff.

  • left Alpine posted at 7:43 pm on Fri, Aug 24, 2012.

    left Alpine Posts: 1

    The real criminal has long left the area and is enjoying a huge federally funded (read taxpayer $$) retirement - the Apache- Sitgreaves Superintendent who in his infinite idiocy did not have even stage 1 restrictions in place after one of the driest winters and with 50-60 mph winds forecast for Memorial day because (I would put quotes, but I am not exact here) well we had 1.5 inches of snow in Springerville the weekend before and it is hard to tell the public to not have a fire when they see pictures like this...

    Flash floods still rage in Nutrioso and Alpine, still threaten and continue to ruin private and public lands. I hope that the boys will be sentenced to filling sandbags as I had to last June and put straw bales of 80- pounds plus across yards to prevent water from running into a home that was saved- all for the sake of a campfire that was banned 5 miles across the NM line at the same weekend.

    The Superintendent was allowed to "resign" last November, with virtually no press... There is little that we can do besides keep the public eye aware of the continuous havoc this has resulted in. We lost 2 businesses, had to declare BK and left for no other reason than someone else's thoughtlessness. I have not been back since last August, I cannot bear to see the lovely area so badly scarred and maimed. Worse is to see publications like Az Highways flaunting pictures of 'regrowth" of 1.5 inch weeds and grasses in the ashes and saying the forest will recover- in some places it is burned so heavily that the soil is sterile. It will not "recover" to what is was in anyone's lifetime- Ponderosa pine do not "regrow" or reseed from fire like Lodgepole as in Yellowstone. As sad comment on the idiocy of the USFS letting the entire drought stricken Southwestern forests still to allow open fires- propane only I say until we have serious thinning, snows and public education.

  • Whiplash Willy posted at 5:38 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    Whiplash Willy Posts: 1261

    Cut em some slack not like they were growing or transporting pot.You burn a little weed or a forest which carries the stiffer penalty?Unless your from Ohio.

  • ambient1 posted at 6:32 pm on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    ambient1 Posts: 86

    What a travesty! As long as there continues to be no repercussions or consequences, we will continue to see more and more huge wildfires, started from idiots who don't give a s***[censored]

  • pioneerfamily posted at 3:01 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    pioneerfamily Posts: 612

    left Alpine,

    You speak the truth.

    Peace be with you.


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