Port Henry (NY) Man Sentenced for $1 Million Fire

The man who lit a fire that did $1 million in damage to downtown Port Henry was apologetic at his sentencing, reports The Press Republican.

Joseph P. King, 44, of Port Henry had earlier pleaded guilty to felony third-degree arson and several misdemeanor charges as part of a plea agreement.

Judge Richard Meyer then sentenced King to 4 to 12 years in state prison, plus one year each on the five misdemeanors, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

"This one of the most serious things I've seen on my time on the bench that really endangered a large number of people," he said. "Burning a building -- there could have been people inside -- (and) driving through emergency services in a reckless and dangerous manner."

The misdemeanors include criminal mischief, obstructing firefighting operations, aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of reckless endangerment.

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