eBuzz: Jackson resident facing federal charges in Horsethief Canyon Fire

By on February 8, 2013
Horsethief Canyon FireHelitack crews worked furiously during a weeklong push to hold back wildfire from town limits last September. (Sargent Schutt Photography).

Helitack crews worked furiously during a weeklong push to hold back wildfire from town limits last September. (Sargent Schutt Photography).

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – James Anderson is facing charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for his actions in allegedly starting the Horsethief Canyon fire after county authorities decided to ‘stand down.’

“After discussing the matter with the United States Forest Service, Wildland Fire Investigation, the Teton County Fire Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a strong consensus has emerged that the feds have the best case against James Anderson and the broadest jurisdiction. So we have agreed to stand aside for now and not interfere with a federal prosecution,” said Steve Weichman, Teton County prosecuting attorney.

Weichman added that recouping at least a portion of the firefighting costs was the main driver as far as his office was concerned.

“The most significant element of that agreement, from the county’s perspective at least, is that Teton County will share in all restitution proportionally with the cost-sharing mechanism in place for the Horsethief Canyon Fire suppression efforts.”

By handing the case over to federal prosecutors it is anticipated that Anderson’s homeowner’s insurance can potentially be tapped, including a policy on land he owns in Arizona. A possible plea deal involving restitution from insurance monies is reportedly in the works, though United States Attorney spokesman John Powell could not comment on case particulars. He said his office hoped to have resolution in some form within weeks.

Reader Comments
YESS! Get that teabagging ol’ bastard!

Oh, yeah. His politics makes all the difference in this. If he was a socialist Obamacron, then we should just be all “oh, well…”. He’ll answer for this regardless.
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