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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Comments (6)
  1. Bob says:

    Yeah, that’s going to happen! They’d all have to win the lottery to pay this off!

  2. wade says:

    Payments on 23 million! What a joke!

  3. alan hart says:

    I’m sure that after their next court appearance, they will walk across the street to the Federal Court and file for Bankruptcy. Judges just don’t get it. Why would a judge make such a ridiculous order?

  4. Bob says:

    The better bet would be to place them on 8 to 10 hours a week of community service for life.

  5. Fed Up says:

    I guess the judge just wanted to teach them a lesson and make them pay for what they did for the rest of their lives because they will probably never pay off the 23 million in their lifetimes but they will have to pay up until they die. Unless of course they are wealthy, then it is possible that they can pay that kind of fine.

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