(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Federal charges were filed today against
a homeless man who told authorities he started a wildfire so he
could get arrested and have shelter.
Heinz Josef Bruhl is charged with a felony for malicious
destruction of United States property for starting the fire on July
tenth that went on to burn one-thousand, 935 acres east of
Farmington.
At one point, the blaze forced the evacuation of several homes.
The fire burned scorched U-S Forest Service land owned by the U-S
Department of Agriculture.
The federal charges carry a penalty of five to 20 years in
prison.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal charges were filed Monday against
a homeless man who told authorities he started a wildfire so he
could get arrested and have shelter.
Heinz Josef Bruhl, 33, is charged with a felony for malicious
destruction of United States property for starting the fire on July
10 that went on to burn 1,935 acres east of Farmington.
At one point, the blaze forced the evacuation of several homes.
The fire burned scorched U.S. Forest Service land owned by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
The federal charges carry a penalty of 5 to 20 years in prison.
He was previously charged in state court with
Bruhl also was charged Friday with causing a catastrophe, and he
is to be arraigned July 28 before 2nd District Judge Michael
Allphin.
Bruhl was found walking down a dirt road from where the fire had
started, according to charging documents. When approached by a
Farmington police officer, Bruhl "raised his hands in the air and
indicated that he had started and was responsible for the fire,"
according to the charges.
"Bruhl indicated that he suffered from schizophrenia and that
he started the fire because he wanted to go to prison so that he
would have a place to live," according to court documents.
Bruhl is scheduled for an initial appearance before Magistrate
Judge Samuel Alba Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

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