- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he burned down his own house.

Peter Zygmont, of Northampton, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court to arson of a dwelling.

Prosecutors say the 62-year-old man set his house on fire on April 25.

Court records show his personal care attendant told police Zygmont said he was going to “torch the place” and then lit a fire in a trash can.

She said Zygmont would not let her put out the fire and told her she would be rewarded with money for not telling police.

A judge in April deemed him too dangerous to be released and ordered him held without bail.

A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 16.


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