LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A judge sentenced a man to 25 years in prison Friday for starting fires that killed seven horses and a dog in Lakewood last year.
According to West Metro Fire Rescue, Earnest Maynes, 38, was sentenced on arson and animal cruelty charges.
On April 28, 2018, two dumpster fires and a tire fire were reported near West Fourth Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard about 3 a.m. About a half-hour later, two adjacent barns caught fire in the 5400 block of West Third Avenue, West Metro Fire said at the time.
The barns were deemed a total loss and investigators said the fire was suspicious because of the nearby fires.
Four dogs were rescued from the fires.
Calling him a "danger to the community," a judge today sentenced 38-year-old Earnest Maynes to 25 years in prison on charges of arson and cruelty to animals. Maynes pled guilty to setting a fire in a barn near 4th and Sheridan in April of last year- killing seven horses and a dog pic.twitter.com/PSq6VsaQmi
— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) May 25, 2019