§61-3-6. Willfully, unlawfully and maliciously setting fire on
If any person willfully, unlawfully and maliciously sets fire
to any woods, fence, grass, straw or other thing capable of
spreading fire on lands, he or she shall be guilty of a felony and,
upon conviction, shall be sentenced to the penitentiary for a
definite term of imprisonment which is not less than one year nor
more than five years or fined not to exceed five thousand dollars,
or both. He or she shall, moreover, be liable to any person
injured thereby, or in consequence thereof, for double the amount
of damages sustained by such person. A person imprisoned pursuant
to this section is not eligible for parole prior to having served
a minimum of one year of his or her sentence or the minimum period
required by the provisions of section thirteen, article twelve,
chapter sixty-two of this code, whichever is greater.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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