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2 men sentenced in 2007 Malibu fire case

September 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two of the five men accused of starting the 2007 Corral Fire in Malibu were sentenced to one year in county jail plus probation. Brian Anderson, 24, and Thomas Coppock, 26, will be sentenced Thursday morning. Both men pled no contest in June.

"The ripple effect of this case is consequences are real and are actual and you will have to pay," said Francis Young, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.

Their sentence depended on the judge in this case. They could've gotten up to four years in state prison.

Both men have already served 100 days in county jail so that will be taken off of the one-year sentence. The men will have to do community service and pay restitution. It is unlikely either will be able to pay the restitution, which is estimated to be more than $7 million.

The Corral Fire started during the intense Santa Ana wind conditions, and it did a tremendous amount of damage.

Anderson and Kopac and several other men apparently started a bonfire in the hills above Malibu. Because of the winds, the bonfire quickly spread to surrounding brush and swept down to Malibu.

The Corral Fire destroyed 53 homes and burned about 5,000 acres in Nov. 2007. About 14,000 people had to be evacuated and six firefighters were hurt.

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