King fire arsonist: 'I'm pleading guilty because I'm guilty'

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PLACERVILLE (KTXL)-- September 2014 — a few sparks explode into the devastating 97,000 acre King Fire.

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Less than two years later, many in El Dorado County continue to piece their lives together. On Friday, some closure came in the courtroom when Wayne Huntsman admitted to intentionally starting the wildfire and pleaded guilty to three counts of arson. Huntsman was sentenced to 20 years in prison plus $60 million in restitution to fire victims.

"People lost their homes, and there's just a tremendous amount of devastation," King Fire evacuee Wayne McBride said.

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King fire arsonist: 'I'm pleading guilty because I'm guilty'
Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Flames rise from a firing operation as firefighters battle the King Fire, as seen in this undated handout picture from the U.S Forest Service taken near Placerville, California. The fire is 35 percent contained, but officials say strong winds and hotter temperatures are causing the fire to burn out of control. REUTERS/US Forest Service/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Firefighters check for hotspots while battling the King Fire near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter crosses a backfire while battling the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter lights a backfire to prevent the King Fire from spreading in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Firefighter Michael Klain watches as the King Fire burns near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter walks through smoke while battling the King Fire near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Angela Warden displays a "thank you" sign for firefighters battling the King Fire in Pollock Pines, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A helicopter draws water from a lake as smoke rises from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A helicopter draws water from a lake while battling the King Fire in Pollock Pines, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Smoke from the King Fire billows above Pollock Pines, California September 17, 2014. Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Brian Brennan of the Idaho City Hotshots watches the King Fire burn near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. The California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Craig Cadwallader sprays water on a hotspot while battling the King Fire burn near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. The California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter watches the King Fire burn near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. A California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Brian Brennan of the Idaho City Hotshots watches the King Fire burn near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. The California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A plane drops fire retardant on the King Fire near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014. The California wildfire, racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT)
Inmate firefighters return to their truck after battling the King Fire near Fresh Pond, California September 17, 2014.The California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A firefighter battling the King Fire watches a backfire burn along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
Inmate firefighters battling the King Fire watch for flying embers while a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS CRIME LAW)
Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Flames and smoke from the King Fire fill the sky above Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. Picture taken with a long exposure. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
An airplane drops retardant while battling the King Fire near Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The King Fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. The fire has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES- Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)
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Investigators released three pieces of evidence which helped convict Huntsman: 911 calls of him reporting the fire, a selfie video showing him surrounded by smoke and surveillance video of the arsonist buying alcohol on the day of the fire.

"He's probably the most remorseful client I've ever represented, and I hope the community understands that," Huntsman's Chief Public Defender Teri Monterosso said.

And Huntsman expressed his remorse inside the courtroom. Visibly tense, at times he bowing his head and sobbing, huntsman told the courtroom, "I have cried many nights for the victims and their losses."

Huntsman asked victims to forgive him one day, and despite setting a fire that destroyed many homes, some say that's a possibility.

Tom Boscow, a resident whose home was destroyed in the King Fire, told FOX40, "I had everything, and now basically I have nothing." Despite that, however, he said he can forgive Huntsman.

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