Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Carr Fire Related Thefts

A thief who committed crimes during the Carr Fire has been sentenced to to 5 years in county jail. On Wednesday, Brian Daniel Martinson received the maximum sentence available. Martinson plead guilty earlier to grand theft and admitted he committed the offense during a natural disaster. Martinson stole from a Redding Fire Department utility truck, parked in front of a fireman’s house who was actively fighting the Carr Fire and was home briefly for rest. Martinson also was caught in Butte County, stealing from a Sportsman’s Warehouse and was found with some of the property from the previous theft. He confessed to stealing from the Redding Fire truck. In addition to that crime, Martinson had other offenses, one involving a former Shasta County Marshall, who is now working for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. The Shasta County Probation Department recommended a split sentence of 1 year in jail and 4 years on mandatory supervision. Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Toby Powell argued for the all of the time to be spent in jail. Judge Beatty did not show any leniency to the defendant and sentenced him to the entire 5 years in jail, without early release.

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