No Prison Time For Eagle Scout Who Started Deadly Fire

A New Jersey Eagle Scout who killed a 17-year-old fellow Scout while playing with fire will serve no prison time.

Eighteen-year-old Brian Lenz pleaded not guilty Thursday to aggravated assault. He won't have a criminal record if he performs 100 hours of community service and pays restitution.

Lenz was a senior staff member at a Boy Scout camp in southern New Jersey in July. He was playing a "ring of fire" game that involved igniting rubbing alcohol on a table.

The resulting fire killed Sean Whitley of Evesham and seriously burned two other Scouts.


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  • by Leigh Location: Chocowinity on Mar 22, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    Yes, he will live with this the rest of his life. AToo bad tht Sean Whitley of Evesham doesn't have a life to live. I think it's terrible that he won't even have a criminal record. He should have something for causing the death of another person. I know it was an accident, but actions have consequences and this accident caused the death of another human being and the serious injury of 2 more. He was a senior staff member and should have known better and had better judgement. You may not feel the way you feel now if this had been your child that was seriously burned or died.
  • by ben Location: havelock on Mar 21, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    To: Alison Location: Havelock; How about,101 hours of community service. It was an accident, fun and fooling around that went bad...He will live with this forever...
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Mar 21, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    I surely hope that his punishment fits the crime! Is 100 hours of community service and money going to help the victims in this situation? What about the two boys who were severly burned who will have to suffer for the rest of their lives? I am not saying jail time is the answer but maybe a harsher punishment.
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