SEC. 97-17-13. Arson; willfully or negligently firing woods, marsh, meadow, etc.
If any person willfully, maliciously, and feloniously sets on fire any woods, meadow, marsh, field or prairie, not his own, he shall be guilty of a felony and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to the state penitentiary for not more than two (2) years nor less than one year, or fined not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or both, in the discretion of the court.
Provided, however, if any person recklessly or with gross negligence causes fire to be communicated to any woods, meadow, marsh, field or prairie, not his own, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, on conviction, be fined not less than twenty dollars ($20.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or imprisoned in the county jail not more than three (3) months, or both, in the discretion of the court.
SOURCES: Codes, Hutchinson's 1848, ch. 13, art. 5(1); 1857, ch. 28, art. 1; 1871, Sec. 2741; 1880, Sec. 2816; 1892, Sec. 1091; 1906, Sec. 1172; Hemingway's 1917, Sec. 901; 1930, Sec. 928; 1942, Sec. 2157; Laws, 1954, ch. 222, Secs. 1, 2; 1960, ch. 243.