Convicted Arsonist Learns His Punishment

Christopher Buckley
Christopher Buckley

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The lawyer for a man convicted under the state's tougher arson law asked a judge for leniency at his sentencing Monday.

Christopher Buckley admits he set multiple fires in Kaneohe last year. Prosecutors say he used matches to ignite gasoline near a gas pump at a Shell station. A short time later, he torched a trash can inside a post office.

Buckley's attorney asked for probation, saying the 43-year-old has a history of mental illness. But the judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

"When you start fires, you put a tremendous, you know, you put people at risk," Steven Alm, Circuit Court judge, said. "You put their property at risk. You put firefighters at risk who have to respond as a sense of duty."

The judge also ordered Buckley to pay more than $1,900 in restitution.