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(NECN: Marnie MacLean, Portland, Maine) - The man who set a fire at a nuclear submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard last May was sentenced Friday to 17 years in prison.
Casey Fury, 25, told the court he was quote, "sorry from the bottom of my heart" and never meant to hurt anyone.
The fire he set caused four hundred and fifty million dollars in damage and injured five first responders. Fury told investigators he suffered from anxiety and set the fire because he wanted to go home early.
The judge pointed out that not only did Fury admit to setting that first fire, but also a second fire near the Miami one month later for the same reason, he wanted to go home.
The judge called that second fire especially troubling and part of the reason why he sentenced Fury to 17 years in federal prison.
Rear Admiral Rick Breckenridge represented the Navy at the sentencing.
He said the fire has had an impact on national security by taking a needed sub out of commission for an extended period of time and causing deployments on other subs to last longer.
The USS Miami is still in Portsmouth awaiting repairs that could be delayed because of federal budget cuts.