Former UHP trooper sentenced for arson

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UINTAH COUNTY (News4Utah) A former member of the Utah Highway Patrol was sentenced for arson.

Utah Attorney General’s Office said Rex Richard Olsen committed second degree felony arson when he deliberately started a fire on June 9 in the wildlands area off the shoulder of Maeser Highway.

At the time he set the fire, Olsen was on duty as a UHP Trooper.

The charges came after an investigation by the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands.

Olsen pleaded guilty in November 2017.

This week, he was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 1-15 years in the Utah State Prison, Probation to Adult Probation and Parole for 36 months, and to serve 180 days in the Uintah County Jail.

A restitution hearing is currently set for June 27 in the 8th District Court in Vernal.  The State is requesting a restitution order in the amount of $482,392.76 for the damage caused to property and land, including the cost of response to and suppressing the fire. More than 100 firefighters responded to the wildfire.

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