Volunteer Firefighter Sentenced to Time Behind Bars

The former Johnson County man will spend six months in the county jail

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    A former Johnson County volunteer firefighter will have to spend six months in county jail as part of his probation for setting grass fires last year.

    Twenty-two-year-old Patrick David Pantuso pleaded guilty to two counts of arson in the fires. A prosecutor said the fires "could have been disastrous" in the state's drought conditions.

    A jury sentenced Pantuso to 10 years' probation on each count and fined him $10,000. A judge, at prosecutors' request, gave Pantuso 180 days in jail as part of his probation.

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Pantuso can't work at or visit any fire department and must wear an ankle GPS monitor during the peak months for grass fires