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Volunteer firefighter pleads guilty to arson

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

A former volunteer firefighter with the Old Monroe Fire Department charged with setting a series of fires last year has pleaded guilty to four counts of arson.

Dustin Matthew Grigsby, 19, set four fires in occupied buildings, police said, and in one case, a man in his 70s had to be rescued from the second story of his home.

Grigsby was arrested in August after a business surveillance camera captured footage of his vehicle in the 100 block of First Street in Old Monroe, just before a garage caught fire.

Grigsby told officials that he set the fires because he “needed a release.” He also said he wanted to be able to respond to the fires to put them out.

Grigsby entered the plea to three counts of arson second degree and one count of arson first degree Tuesday.  Five other counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Sentencing before Circuit Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer is set for June 4.