Man Who Purposely Set Series of Grassfires Last Year Sentenced

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Six years in federal prison, that's the sentence for a man who purposely started a series of grass fires in the Permian Basin last summer.

More than a dozen fires broke out from April to June of 2011 and all of them had one thing in common, 64-year-old Jimmy Doyle Farris.

Fire officials became suspicious when Farris kept turning up at the scene of various fires.

In some cases, Farris was the first to call 911 and report the fire.

Farris was later placed under surveillance and caught in the act.

He'll be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.