COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A judge has ordered a former University of South Carolina student to spend seven years in prison and get drug, alcohol and mental health counseling after he admitted burning down a Columbia bar.
22-year-old Theodore Podewil pled guilty Thursday to throwing a firebomb at the Salty Nut bar in January 2012.
Authorities say he also threw homemade bombs from parking garages, at vacant houses and at trash bins.
His lawyer says he was an Eagle Scout but struggled with mental illness and has tried to commit suicide.
Podewil was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but will only have to serve seven years if he gets counseling and successfully serves five years of probation.