Woman Who Set Wildfire Stays Monitored

DENVER (AP) -- The former Forest Service worker who set the largest wildfire in Colorado history must continue to be monitored electronically because she has a history of acting irresponsibly, a federal judge said Tuesday.

Terry Lynn Barton, 38, has pleaded guilty to state and federal arson charges for setting the 137,000-acre fire last June and lying to investigators.

Barton had asked that her electronic bracelet be removed because she was not a flight risk pending sentencing. She said her 14-year-old daughter had come from California to live with her and hoped for more freedom.

However, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch said Barton failed to consider the consequences of her actions when she started the fire and could easily do the same if she was no longer monitored.

Barton faces up to 12 years in prison for the state charge and six years for the federal counts. The sentences could be served concurrently.

The fire destroyed 133 homes and cost more than $29 million to contain.

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