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Md. man pleads guilty to arson; can attend college

Saturday - 8/10/2013, 3:20pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to his role in a series of western Maryland arsons but will be permitted to attend college this fall.

Jacob Colin Hess pleaded guilty Friday in Washington County to conspiracy to commit first-degree malicious burning.

Hess, of Clear Spring, is one of eight people accused in the fires in Frederick and Washington counties. He was charged in one fire, the burning of a car, in March.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown (http://bit.ly/1ezVdK6) reports the sentence was deferred so Hess can attend Bethany College in West Virginia, where he has a Merit Scholarship and was recruited to play football.

His agreement calls for a three-year suspended sentence, but he'll serve Christmas break in the county detention center and must perform community service and testify against co-defendants.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com


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