Men To Pay $23M In Monthly Payments For Malibu Bonfire

Restitution to go to 11 homeowners, state

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three men have been ordered to pay more than $23 million in restitution for a 2007 bonfire that destroyed 53 homes in Malibu.

At a restitution hearing Wednesday, Brian Anderson, William Coppock and Brian Franks were ordered to pay $15.6 million to 11 homeowners. They were also ordered to pay another $7.5 million to the state for fighting the Corral Canyon fire that injured five firefighters and forced thousands to evacuate.

City News Service says the men are due back in court Jan. 10 to work out monthly payments.

Anderson and Coppock were sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation. Franks was sentenced to five years probation and community service.

Two other men got probation, community service and a fine but did not have to pay restitution.

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