RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Manchester, N.H., man has been sentenced to nine months of home detention for setting fire to a shelter on Vermont's Long Trail.
Prosecutors say Justin Caissie, formerly of Rutland, started the fire that destroyed the Tucker Johnson Trail Shelter in the Green Mountain National Forest in Mendon on March 2, 2011, and then lied about it to a U.S. Forest Service special agent.
He said he was not thinking clearly because he was high on methamphetamine at the time and started the fire to keep warm.
Prosecutors say he called the fire department to report the fire but said he had come upon it while hiking. He later pleaded guilty to damaging government property.
A judge on Wednesday ordered him to pay back $6,390 to the U.S. Forest Service.
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