Clearfield, PA – A former firefighter who admitted to intentionally starting a fire with two other firefighters has been granted the option of serving his sentence on house arrest.
21-year-old Kenneth Moore of Lanse pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to 12 months to 2 years in jail, plus five years’ probation. However, he hadn’t started serving his sentence yet because of health concerns.
Moore had an organ transplant and is at risk for infections. Because the jail does not have a way of isolating Moore into a medical unit away from other inmates, the doctor at the jail said that it would put Moore at serious risk. The judge has decided that Moore will be able to spend 18 months on home detention, using a GPS unit to track his location.
Moore and two other former firefighters, 22-year-old Hunter Harris of Philipsburg and 20-year-old Samuel Connor V of Howard, were sentenced for starting a fire in October 2015 in Chester Hill. The home was unoccupied at the time.
The former firefighters admitted that they had been talking about setting a fire in a vacant home because they wanted to respond with the fire company. Moore had allegedly dropped Connor and Harris off at the home, where Harris started a fire in a wood frame shed at the back of the house.
Connor and Harris are currently serving their time in jail, both sentenced to 12 months to 2 years, plus 5 years’ consecutive probation. Among the three men, they owe more than $92,000 in restitution.