Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sparking Blaze That Damaged Joshua Tree Landmark in Twentynine Palms

A Twentynine Palms man was given the maximum sentence of five years in federal prison on Monday for lighting a fire that destroyed parts of a natural oasis near Joshua Tree National Park earlier this year, official said.

George William Graham, 26, was also ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the National Park Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a news release.

The March 26 blaze at the Oasis of Mara — which sits behind the

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