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Former firefighter admits to being arsonist

Kenton Leong Kenton Leong

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He used to fight fires. But now, a former Honolulu firefighter admits he intentionally started some as well.

Kenton Leong pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree arson Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old smoked crystal meth and then started three brush fires near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course July 17th. A portion of Kalanianaole Highway was shut down as fire crews battled the flames.

"Crystal methamphetamine affects all walks of life, unfortunately, including those that are trusted with public safety," Kevin Takata, deputy prosecutor, said. "He knew better. There were people in the area whose lives were in danger because of the fire."

Under a plea deal, Leong will receive a 10-year prison term and must pay the cost of fighting the three fires.

He's scheduled to be sentenced January 9th.

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