HOOD RIVER, Ore– The Eagle Creek of September 2017 destroyed 48 thousand acres in the Columbia River Gorge. The 15 year old boy responsible for throwing fireworks in a canyon was sentenced to 5 years probation, payment of restitution in the amount of nearly $37 million dollars, and 1,920 hours of community service. He was also ordered by the court to write 150 apology letters. Part of the community service was to be spent replanting trees in the forest.
FM News 101 Reporter Rosemary Reynolds found out, the young man now 19 has nearly completed all of the 1,920 hours community service, and has consistently made monthly payments. Carrie Rasmussen Hood River County District Attorney shared that information with her. Rasmussen also stated that juvenile court records are confidential.
it is very unusual for restitution to be collected by counties throughout Oregon. In 2013 criminals owed victims $425 million dollars . None of it was ever paid back. There is doubt that figure has gone down through the years.
The following entities were due payment because of the Eagle Creek Fire: U.S. Forest Service $21 million, $12.5 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation, $1.6 million to the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and $1 million to Union pacific Railroad.
After 10 years, if restitution payments have been on time and a person commits no other crimes. payments may end.