Man Sentenced in Death of West Virginia Firefighter

Davis Creek Firefighter Joey King died on Dec. 4, 2011 after he fell from the Steven Wayne Smith Memorial Bridge while trying to spot the blaze.


A man will spend up to six years in prison for setting a fire late last year that indirectly led to the death of a Davis Creek firefighter.

Firefighter Joey King died on Dec. 4, 2011 after he fell from the Steven Wayne Smith Memorial Bridge while trying to spot the blaze.

Charles Darren Roberts was sentenced Tuesday on two counts of arson and one misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter, according to The Charleston Gazette.

The six-year term includes five years for the counts of arson and one year for involuntary manslaughter -- the maximum sentence he could have received by law.

Roberts had set fire to a cardboard box near the bridge, igniting 160 railroad ties.

He was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder in April, but prosecutors agreed to reduce the charges to involuntary manslaughter in return for his guilty plea.