A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fires he set earlier this year.
Brett Graham, 19, of Kelley,was sentenced Monday in Story County District Court. The former volunteer with the Kelley Fire Department pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree arson on Oct. 7. He was charged in connection with a Jan. 17 fire at Cyclone Golf Performance Center on U.S. Highway 69 south of Ames, and a Feb. 14 fire at a recreational climbing facility near Kelley.
A third charge of second-degree arson for an Oct. 5, 2012, fire at the Uthe Party Barn on 520th Street south of Kelley was dropped as part of the plea agreement.
Judge Timothy Finn sentenced Graham to 10 years in prison each for the two charges. Finn ruled that the sentences will run concurrently with each other, but must run consecutively to the 10 year sentence Graham is already serving for an arson conviction in Boone County.
Graham was convicted of one count of second-degree arson in Boone County in June for a fire that killed 12 horses in a barn southwest of Ames. Graham was also ordered to pay $27,000 restitution to the horses’ owner.
Graham has been ordered to pay restitution amounts to the victims of the two Story County fires. The amount he will be required to pay will be determined by the state by Dec. 9.