Man sentenced for setting fire at Gettysburg National Park

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A man will spend nearly three years in prison for setting a fire last year at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Gary L. DuRocher, 42, was sentenced Monday in federal court to 33 months imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay more than $28,000 in restitution for the destruction and clean-up costs, according to the U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

Authorities said the August 2014 incident began when the former Maryland man pulled his girlfriend’s son from their vehicle at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. During his flight, he sent text messages threatening to harm his girlfriend and set fire to more than 200 hay bales on park property.

He was arrested on the Gettysburg College campus after a large search. He has been in custody since his arrest.

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