- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - A volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty to arson in northwestern Illinois.

The (Galesburg) Register-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1ot5hIN ) 24-year-old Blake Walsh accepted a deal Wednesday in a Knox County court to plead guilty to three counts of arson. The Williamsfield volunteer firefighter was initially charged with five counts of arson and criminal damage to property.

He faces a maximum of seven years in prison.

Walsh was arrested in April after witnesses reported he was near a trash bin fire in Galesburg. The county sheriff’s department and the Galesburg and Williamsfield fire departments investigated. They determined he had set fire to more than 20 hay bales between November and April.

The judge ordered a mental health evaluation before Walsh’s next court appearance in September. He remains at the county jail on $10,000 bond.

___

Information from: The Register-Mail, https://www.register-mail.com


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide