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Former firefighter gets 10-year prison term for setting fires

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A former Honolulu firefighter, who became an arsonist, received a 10-year prison sentence Friday.

But Kenton Leong doesn't have to start serving that time just yet. A judge is allowing him to first complete the residential drug treatment program he's currently in.

Prosecutors say Leong smoked crystal methamphetamine, and then started three brush fires near the Hawaii Kai Golf Course last July. A portion of Kalanianaole Highway was shut down as fire crews battled the flames.

"I'd like to just apologize to the Honolulu Fire Department, apologize to my colleagues in the fire department, my family, friends, the state of Hawaii, and whoever else I hurt," the convicted arsonist said.

Leong must pay the city $15,331.58 in restitution for the cost of fighting the fires.

A hearing on his rehab status is set for April.

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