Man involved in timber poaching, starting wildfire sentenced

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A man involved in a timber poaching effort in Olympic National Forest that started a large wildfire has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. The Kitsap Sun reports 49-year-old Shawn Williams previously pleaded guilty to theft of public property and setting timber afire charges in U.S. District Court. Edwards and Justin Wilke were charged last year for their roles in an illegal logging operation in the national forest in 2018 in which they and others felled maple trees and sold the wood to lumber mills, according to court documents. Prosecutors say the type of maple is highly prized and used to produce musical instruments.