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The teen who threw fireworks in a canyon last year started a fire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, which burned nearly 47,000 hectares, has been ordered to pay $ 36.6 million in repayment – even though the referee acknowledges The boy will not be able to pay it in full.
The teen, whose name was not released, was 15 at the time when he threw fireworks. Oregon's youth crime legislation requires repayment that corresponds to the full number of victims' damage, loss or damage as determined by the court.
In February, the teenager decided to throw fireworks and apologize to everyone in the castle. "He was convicted of 1 922 hours of community service and five years of attempt.
The boy's lawyer, Jack Morris, claimed that the number of prosecutors requested was cruel and unusual punishment. In court last week, Morris said that the slightly higher repayment rate was" absurd " and "completely stupid", according to The Oregonian .
However, the Oregon Circuit Court Judge John Olson wrote in his view that "The repayment is clearly proportional to the crime because it does not exceed the economic damage caused by the youth . "
Olson also pointed to" safety valves "in the Charter," which serves to ensure that the repayment act applied in a particular case, not even as extreme as this, "Do not run into the moral sense of reasonable people". "These valves include the establishment of a payment schedule that the judge approved the Hood River Juvenile Department to do. And after 10 years, if the boy successfully completes trial, does not commit further crimes and meets the payment plans, the court may fully or partially satisfy the Refund Court.
The judge ordered payment to a number of units, but it is not clear how much of them will actually receive: $ 21 million to the United States forest service, $ 12.5 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation, $ 1.6 million to Oregon State Four Marshal and $ 1 million to Union Pacific Railroad Others.
It also includes a $ 5,000 payment to Iris Schenk, who lived in a rental house burned in the fire.
Tim Heuker, who owned the rental house with his brothers, told the Oregon Public Broadcasting that Schenk had suffered a total loss:
"" She lost everything, "said Heuk are. "Personal things that can not be replaced. "
" Heuker said that teens would pay for the damage he caused is the right thing. He is not sure if he will actually receive any payments in view of the amount that other parties seek.
"" I think they will try to prioritize things and put things like our more on the front ", he said" I'm not 100 percent aware of it. ""
A witness telling OPB how she saw a boy in a group of teenagers light a smoke bomb and flee it in Eagle Creek Canyon – soon consumed by a forest fire that flared for several months and eventually burned an area as large as Washington, DC
OPB notes that the refund in this case is much higher than the judges have ordered in similar situations elsewhere: "For example, in California, a 13-year-old girl is responsible for launching Cocos Fire 2014, which destroyed 36 homes, was ordered to pay $ 40,000 in refund for the fan."  In November, Oregonian spoke to the boy's mother and brother and reported that he is from a large Ukrainian family in Vancouver, Wash., Part of a Russian-speaking Pentecostal community. He likes snowboarding and was beginner in upper secondary school last year.
"This is a trauma to him," told his mother the newspaper and spoke in Russian. "It was his mistake."