- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Laramie man arrested for allegedly starting two fires at a home and garage has pleaded guilty to third-degree arson.

The Laramie Boomerang reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1lUJASm ) that 20-year-old Nathaniel Hall entered the plea Aug. 7 in District Court.

Hall was to go on trial Wednesday for first-degree arson. His plea vacated a trial.

Prosecutors recommended probation and restitution. Hall was ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation prior to sentencing.

Hall was arrested in January after police responded to a fire that damaged a home and a second fire set in a backyard garage. According to a police report, three people were sleeping inside the home at the time.

The report said that Hall later told an officer he lit the fires and “expressed animosity” toward the residents.

Third-degree arson is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years, a fine of not more than $5,000 or both.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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