The Denver man who admitted to impersonating a firefighter during last summer’s High Park Fire was sentenced Thursday to 42 days in jail, 18 months probation and 150 hours of community service, reports coloradoan.com.
Michael Maher, 32, avoided a trial by pleading guilty Sept. 30 to felony attempted trespassing and misdemeanor impersonating a public servant. The charges stemmed from a June 2012 incident when investigators said Maher used stolen government license plates to cross fire lines.
“The impact of Mr. Maher’s conduct, I think, is far greater than perhaps Mr. Maher realizes,” 8th Judicial Court Judge Stephen Howard said Thursday, adding that not only did Maher’s decision affect the residents of the High Park Fire burn area, but also the public in general, which perceived itself as a victim of Maher’s actions.
“I do think that part of Mr. Maher’s psychological picture is a sense of entitlement, not in terms of material things, but in terms of being able to do things,” Howard said.
Howard said the fact that Maher took pictures behind the fire lines in firefighter gear showed that his intentions weren’t solely to help with firefighting efforts.
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