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Teen sentenced in school blaze

California in Brief | LOS ANGELES

February 22, 2008|Ari B. Bloomekatz

The 17-year-old boy who set fire to Garfield High School's auditorium was sentenced to six months in juvenile camp and ordered to pay partial restitution, authorities said.

The youth, who was not named because he is a minor, will also be placed on probation and ordered to stay away from the school as part of Wednesday's conviction and sentencing.

The freshman set fire to the auditorium May 20. The blaze caused $30 million in damage.

Built in 1925, the auditorium was an East Los Angeles landmark. School officials hope to rebuild the auditorium and have begun raising funds for that effort.

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-- Ari Bloomekatz

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