Friday, April 29, 2016

Arson convicts ordered to pay $8 million in restitution

Two men who pleaded guilty to setting the Robinson Creek railroad tunnel on fire two years ago have been slapped with a hefty bill. Ricky Johnson and Harlan Damron pleaded guilty to arson in January. On Thursday, they were back in court for a sentencing hearing. Their sentences will be entered at a later time, but U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves ordered them to pay restitution to CSX for damages to the tunnel and lost business. The amount – just under $8 million. Both men were placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals following Thursday’s hearing.