A former volunteer (OH) firefighter for a rural fire department in Fairfield County was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison after he admitted starting a fire in a Lancaster restaurant, reports The Columbus Dispatch.
Common Pleas Judge Chris A. Martin sentenced Robert N. Steiner to five years for aggravated arson and two years for tampering with evidence, and ordered that the sentences run consecutively.
Steiner, 35, of Lancaster, who had volunteered with the Hocking Township Fire Department for about a year before he was charged, pleaded guilty to the crimes last month.
Steiner sobbed as he apologized to his family and friends, firefighters and the community.
But he did not explain why he started a fire in a vent in the menâs room of the Fiesta Tropicana Restaurant.
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