USS Miami Arsonist Could Get 20 Years in Prison

March 11, 2013 12:59 PM
USS Miami (SSN-755) on March, 15 2012 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo
USS Miami (SSN-755) on March, 15 2012 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo

The worker who caused an estimated $450 million in damages to the USS Miami (SSN-755) in May in a confessed act of arson faces sentencing on Friday, according to Associated Press.

Casey James Fury, who plead guilty in November to setting the May fire onboard the Los Angeles–class submarine, faces close to 20 years in prison based on a recommendation from Federal prosecutors.

“Simply put, the nature and circumstances of the defendant’s conduct, and perhaps this factor alone, supports a sentence at the top of the advisory guideline range,” read the sentencing memorandum provided to the AP.

Fury was a painter and sandblaster working on Miami Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and set the fire in order to get out of work, he confessed to NCIS investigators, in May.

He claimed a history of anxiety attacks and stress from a previous romantic relationship as reasons behind the fires in his confession, according to court documents obtained by USNI News.

Repairs to Miami are on hold due to budget cuts from sequestration and an anticipated yearlong Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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