2018-07-12 / Local & State

Ex-firefighter Accused Of Setting Wildfires Pleads Guilty

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former firefighter accused of setting eleven wildfires in a Pennsylvania county two years ago has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Dylan Miller had faced multiple felony counts of arson, reckless burning and risking a catastrophe stemming from the fires that occurred over a six-week period in Westmoreland County.

But the 20-year-old New Florence man pleaded guilty Monday to four misdemeanor counts failing to control a dangerous fire. He was ordered to serve four years of probation and pay $44,885 in restitution.

A state Forestry Bureau forest fire specialist identified Miller as a suspect after seeing him at one of the fires in 2016. He initially denied being involved in them but eventually broke down and admitted it.

Authorities have not said why the fires were set.

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