Sentence Reversed in Arson that Hurt Firefighters

A federal appeals court vacated a 15-year sentence of an arsonist who started a fire that injured seven firefighters after prosecutors admitted a sentencing erroA federal appeals court vacated a 15-year sentence of an arsonist who started a fire that injured seven firefighters after prosecutors admitted a sentencing error, reports The Detroit News.

Detroiter Samson Wright could be sentenced to seven years in prison after prosecutors admitted the sentence in November 2011 violated a plea deal.

Wright, 32, pleaded guilty to malicious use of fire, was sentenced to 15 years and incarcerated in an Oklahoma federal prison. He appealed, arguing the sentence exceeded the seven-year maximum penalty outlined in a plea deal.

Prosecutors agreed, saying nobody — the judge, Wright or U.S. Attorney’s Office — realized the plea deal included a 7-year maximum sentence.

The development angered Daniel McNamara, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association.

“We’re angry; we’re pissed off,” McNamara said. “The brutality of what these people did; we expected to see something done so we can rest at night. We had many of our brothers almost killed that day … what does this tell everybody?”

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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