Apr 18, 2012 8:52 PM by Jacqui Heinrich

Man sentenced over Crystal Fire now in jail

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The man who pleaded guilty to starting a fire that destroyed 13 homes and structures near Loveland last year is in jail after authorities said he violated his work-release conditions.

Thomas Howie had been sentenced to 60 days of work release, six years of probation and 1,500 hours of community service after pleading guilty to arson. Prosecutors said the Crystal Fire started after Howie ignited a brush pile on property owned by his father and others, including three current or former professional football players.

Larimer County sheriff's officials say Howie is now in jail after alcohol was detected in his system in violation of his work-release conditions. He was arrested Friday.

The Coloradoan reports ( ) Howie is to serve 11 days in jail to fill his 60-day work-release sentence.


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