Ex-Layton firefighter sentenced to prison
A former Layton firefighter has been sentenced to just under two years in prison for illegally possessing several firearms.
Barton Vear McFarland pleaded guilty in January to one count of being a user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell ordered McFarland serve 21 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release.
McFarland was originally charged with three firearm counts, but prosecutors agreed to dismiss two in exchange for his guilty plea.
Court documents indicate that firearms were removed from McFarland's house in June 2003 after Layton police officers responded to an alleged physical fight between McFarland and his girlfriend. The guns were later returned, court documents state, but three were again removed in October.
McFarland's girlfriend told police the two moved in together in 2001, according to court documents. Since that time, the documents state, she said she has seen McFarland use methamphetamine on a regular basis.

Charging documents indicate McFarland began working as a Layton firefighter on an on-call basis in December 1997 and was hired as a full-time employee in May 1998. He was allegedly terminated in May 2002 because of his drug use, the documents state