When Fire Country begins, we’re introduced to Bode in the middle of his parole hearing before the board appointed by the State of California’s Department of Corrections.
In his appeal, he says he stands before them a changed man as he reads the remarks he’d prepared to express acknowledgement of the crime he’d committed. He also apologizes to the victim of said crime. Later in the episode, we learn the victim of his crime got up and read a letter that spoke on how he forgives Bode and he hopes he can turn his life around. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, Bode was denied parole.
That’s how he ends up at Three Rock con camp that’s a part of Cal Fire’s division of first responders, working toward a shorter sentence. He’s two years into a 3-5 year sentence hoping to be out in three years instead of the maximum five. But how did Bode end up in prison in the first place? Here’s what we know.
Why is Bode in prison on Fire Country?
Bode robbed a liquor store at gun point which is classified as armed robbery. The show doesn’t go into why he was denied parole, but it’s likely due to the severity of his crime. Being an inmate firefighter gives him the opportunity to give back to the community and earn enough goodwill, by putting his life on the line, to get out in a year.
Trouble is, if Bode messes up at camp, he could be sent back to the prison he was released from instead of finishing out his sentence in a job that gives him purpose. Also, as he’s been warned, if he’s bounced from camp, time will be added to his sentence and he could spend that half a decade in prison after all or more depending on the new ruling.