A federal judge ordered Monday that three men pay more than $9 million in restitution to public agencies, insurance companies and residents for damages caused by the
Clifford Eugene Henry Jr., Steven Robert Aguirre and Jonathan Carl Jarrell -- who were convicted this year of lighting an illegal campfire that sparked the nearly 2,000-acre blaze -- are jointly responsible for paying the restitution, according to court documents filed Monday.
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Henry, a 23-year-old Glendora resident, served a six-month sentence and was released Nov. 20, according to federal prison records. Aguirre, a 22-year-old resident of Baldwin Park, was sentenced to five months in prison. He is scheduled to be released Dec. 31.
Jarrell will be sentenced next year.
Both Jarell and Aguirre have been described as transients. Johns acknowledged it will be difficult to recoup the full $9.1 million but said the government would "do its best over the coming years."
Johns said he hoped the judge's decision sends a message to residents living in fire-prone Southern California. He said officials were thankful there were no deaths or serious injuries