Deer hunter spared jail for starting Calif. fire
SAN DIEGO A deer hunter, after a tearful courtroom apology, was sentenced Thursday to five years probation for starting a wildfire that killed 15 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.
"I wish I was dead instead," Sergio Martinez told a packed courtroom that included many victims of the blaze east of San Diego that charred 422 square miles the largest wildfire in California history.
Martinez started the fire to attract attention after he became lost and disoriented ...
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