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Ex-firefighter pleads guilty to arsons in Va.

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 12:48pm  ET

ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) -- A former volunteer firefighter charged in a string of arsons on the Eastern Shore has pleaded guilty to 68 counts.

Media outlets report that 40-year-old Charles Smith III pleaded guilty Thursday in Accomack County Circuit Court to 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. He will be sentenced in December.

Smith and his fiancée, Tonya Bundick, were accused of setting fire to abandoned structures between November 2012 and April of this year. They were arrested April 2.

Bundick is charged with one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.

In court documents, Smith told investigators he torched 52 unoccupied buildings, while Bundick set fire to 15.


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