South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2008

FORMER FIREFIGHTER ARRESTED FOR ARSON

Chris Ackerman(Columbia,SC)–Law enforcement agents with the Forestry Commission have arrested a Pamplico man for setting woods fires deliberately.

Thomas Christopher Ackerman, 21, admitted to having ignited brush on another person’s property.  This act of arson happened on Keefe Road in Pamplico, SC on or about March 25.  Just days before the South Carolina Forestry Commission pressed charges this week, Ackerman resigned from his job as a Pamplico firefighter.

The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource which now supports a manufacturing industry which is #1 in employment and payroll, the #1 harvested crop and a $1 billion exporter.  Woods arson cases will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted by this agency, regardless of a suspect’s background.

 

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Legal Reference:

            SC Code of Laws 16-11-0170:  Willfully burning lands of another.

 

THIS RELEASE REPORTS AN ARREST.  ALL SUBJECTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNLESS PROVEN OTHERWISE IN A COURT OF LAW.

 

For more information, contact Scott Hawkins, 803-896-8820

 

 

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