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Kanawha County man gets prison time for firefighter's death

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A man has been given the maximum sentence in an arson case that resulted in the death of volunteer firefighter, Joey King.

King was a member of the Davis Creek VFD.

Judge Tod Kaufman sentenced Charles Roberts to six years in prison.

Roberts previously pleaded guilty to third degree arson, fourth degree arson, and involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Roberts set a fire underneath a bridge on Corridor G near Southridge in December 2011.

King died after he fell off the bridge while he was looking for that fire.

King's family said he would have been 61-year-old on Tuesday.

"It's hard. Like I said, he was our rock, and now Joey is not there. We have to find somebody else to be the rock. It's still hard. I pick up the phone and he's not there. He doesn't answer," said Arietta King, the victim's sister.

Roberts apologized to King's family and said he is sorry for all of the pain he's caused them.