Woodburn teens sentenced after starting high school fire
WOODBURN, Ore. - Three 15-year-old boys were sentenced to probation and community service after they started a four-alarm fire that burned part of Woodburn High School in May.
Jose Campuzano-Zepeda, Diego Rodriguez and Miguel Garcia were initially tried as adults after the May 11 fire. On Aug. 20 in juvenile court, they admitted to charges of attempted arson and reckless endangering.
Campuzano-Zepeda, who started the fire, was sentenced to four days in juvenile detention. He admitted to lighting hand sanitizer on fire and could not put it out.
The other two boys were not sentenced to any additional time.
The fire spread and burned part of the high school. Most of the damage was in the wood shop area and central portion of the building, firefighters said.
A Marion County District Attorney's Office representative said the case was resolved in juvenile court after an investigation. The teens' lack of criminal history, cooperation with authorities and willingness to accept responsibility for the fire were all factors.
Each of the boys were also ordered to undergo psychological evaluations and complete community service. The judge also ordered them to pay restitution for the damage, which is estimated at $6 million.
It's unclear how much money each of the boys will have to pay.
They will also tour the school to get a first-hand look at how much damage they caused.
Students returned to the school on May 29. About 1,400 students attend the school, which is about 30 miles south of Portland.