A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to a year in jail for an arson charge, avoiding a much longer term after telling the judge he has been sober from drugs and alcohol for four months and has turned his life around.
The Valley News reports Corey Hale of Claremont apologized and said he accepts full responsibility for the fire and for several others that damaged property in Newport last year. No one was hurt.
The 26-year-old Hale was given suspended sentences on other charges.
He said since completing a program at a treatment center, he has made a permanent change in his life.
In arguing for a stiffer sentence, Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway mentioned numerous convictions Hale has dating back to 2006 involving drugs and other charges.