Judge grants mental evaluation to firefighter guilty of arson

Judge grants mental evaluation to firefighter guilty of arson

Judge grants mental evaluation to firefighter guilty of arson

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 8:16 PM

IDAHO CITY -- The sentencing of a volunteer firefighter who intentionally started a wildfire near Robie Creek last September has been delayed until mid-April.

Nineteen-year-old Nathaniel Bartholomew petitioned a Boise County judge for a mental health evaluation prior to his sentencing Thursday.

The judge granted the evaluation, and has postponed Bartholomew's sentencing. If found mentally competent, he'll be sentenced April 19.

Bartholomew was a volunteer firefighter with the Clear Creek Fire Department.

The 19-year-old admitted to starting the 440-acre Karney Fire, that destroyed one home and threatened several others. The destructive flames cost more than $2 million to fight.

You can see video and photos of the Karney Fire here.

Boise County Chief Deputy Dale Rogers told KTVB that during questioning, Bartholomew confessed to starting the fire. He said the motive was to get the attention of his father, who is also a firefighter.

Bartholomew pleaded guilty to the crime of arson in January.

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