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Firefighter impersonator sentenced

7:59 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The Denver man accused of sneaking past disaster-zone barricades, stealing radios and impersonating a firefighter during the High Park Fire in 2012 was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation on Thursday.

As part of a plea agreement, Michael Stillman Maher, 32, pleaded guilty to felony attempted trespassing and misdemeanor impersonating a public servant Monday. The case was set to go to trial in two weeks.

He will have to serve 42 days in jail on weekends with days given as time served and cannot own or possess any law enforcement/emergency services equipment during the time of probation.

Maher was arrested in June 2012 after investigators said he sneaked past the fire perimeter using a stolen government license plate from the Glenwood Springs area and "old identification," according to his arrest affidavit. He was accused of taking food meant for firefighters, and pictures posted on his Facebook page showed him inside the cockpit of firefighting helicopters and with Gov. John Hickenlooper at the command center.

Maher pleaded guilty last May to felony theft and misdemeanor impersonating a public servant and was given 60 days in jail with two years in a diversion program, according to court records.

The High Park Fire affected 87,284 acres and burned 259 homes in June 2012.

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