Ex-firefighter in arson case confesses to setting fire

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Associated Press & 13News

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:45 PM

ACCOMAC  (AP) -- Court records indicate a former firefighter charged in connection with a string of arsons on Virginia's Eastern Shore confessed to authorities that he set one of the fires.

Virginia State Police say ex-firefighter Charles R. Smith III and Tonya Bundick are responsible for all but a handful of the 77 fires set on the Eastern Shore since November. They were arrested on Tuesday and charged in one fire that was set late Monday night.

Court records in Smith's case that were filed Wednesday indicated he had confessed to setting at least the Monday fire.

Bundick is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday. A similar hearing for Smith was postponed until May after he retained an attorney.

Smith's attorney was not available and his office said he would not comment.

13News checked court records and found that Smith was convicted of breaking and entering two homes on the same day in 1998. He was sentenced to four years on the charges with all time suspended except for time served.

Records also show that in 1994, he was found guilty on 22 counts of forgery. Those were for writing bad checks between $40 to $195. They were written to him by a John R. Smith.

 

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