A man caught on camera last summer trying to set fire to a forest in a residential area of Glenrosa has been released from prison and into the custody of a recovery house in the Fraser Valley.
Stephen Leader, 37, pled guilty last week to one count of intending to cause an explosion resulting in harm in relation to a July 10, 2021 incident that saw him observed by residents lighting a fire near the top of Webber Road.
In exchange for his guilty plea, the Crown stayed four other charges.
Leader received a 223-day conditional sentence, followed by three years of probation. He had been behind bars since August 2021.
For the first 150 days of his conditional sentence, Leader will be under 24-hour house arrest at Joshua House Recovery Ministries in Abbotsford. After that, he will be on a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
He will be required to participate in and complete treatment, not possess incendiary devices, not possess or consume alcohol, not enter a bar or liquor store and not be within one kilometre of Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna.
At the time of his crime in July 2021, in the midst of a catastrophic wildfire season, Leader was serving 18 months of probation for three unrelated convictions of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and theft under $5,000 in West Kelowna, along with breaking and entering in Kamloops. The three charges all occurred in 2020.