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