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Case Number: 3:20-cr-30004-PKH
Judge: P.K. Holmes, III
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas (Sebastian County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Fort Smith, Arkansas criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with arson.
Jacob Edward Walls, age 29, was charged with Willfully and Without Authority and Consent of the United States Set on Fire Timber, Underbrush, Grass and Other Inflammable Material Upon a Public Domain within the Buffalo National River.
Walls , was indicted by a federal grand jury, of setting a wildland fire within Buffalo National River, in Newton County, near Pruitt, on February 5, 2019. Federal investigators determined Walls set a fire within the park, which threatened nearby private structures and lands, and subsequently fled the area.
The National Park Service, Investigative Services Branch, and the U.S. Park Rangers at Buffalo National River investigated the case. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the case
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner prosecuted the case.
18 U.S.C. § 1855 Willfully and without authority and consent of the United States set on fire timber underbrush, grass and other inflammable material upon a public domain
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $12,494.14 in restitution.