By Associated Press • 

Jail time unlikely if kids found guilty of ballpark fire

EUGENE — Jail time isn't likely if convictions are handed down for the four boys charged with setting a fire that destroyed a historic Oregon ballpark.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports police say the kids were playing with fire when the flames got out of control. They fled and police were tipped off July 1 by the family of a boy who left before the fire started.

An arson conviction won't mean youth prison for the 10-year-old boy who's been charged.

The three 12-year-olds are under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Youth Authority. An agency spokesman says juvenile offenders younger than 15 years old are a very small percentage of children incarcerated in state-run facilities.

The case is scheduled for a fact-finding hearing Sept. 1 in juvenile court.

Comments

E.J. Farrar

Wait until their parents get the bill.

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