NH man to be sentenced Friday for USS Miami fire

11:50 AM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
A fire burns aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS Miami on May 23, 2012.
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending the top of the sentencing range allowed under an agreement in which a New Hampshire man pleaded guilty to setting fire to the USS Miami nuclear-power submarine, causing $450 million in damage.

The agreement limits Casey James Fury's sentence to roughly 15 to 19 years. Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 235 months, the maximum under the agreement.

The Portsmouth man is due to be sentenced Friday.

It took more than 100 firefighters to save the USS Miami after the May 23 fire spread while the sub was in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

The Navy plans to repair the Los Angeles-class nuclear submarine, but prosecutors say those efforts have been put on hold because of mandatory federal budget cuts.

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