- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 35-year-old Whitefish man is asking to withdraw his “no contest” plea to an arson charge after the judge rejected a plea agreement that called for a six-year deferred sentence and about $2,500 in restitution.

James Wallace Langley was charged with felony arson after prosecutors said DNA evidence connected him to an October 2013 fire at the home of his former girlfriend.

Langley entered his “no contest” plea in January, but Allison said he would not follow the sentencing recommendation because of the seriousness of the crime.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1RrqdRQ) Langley filed a motion to withdraw his plea on April 20. Defense attorney Jack Quatman argued Allison displayed bias when he likened setting someone’s house on fire to firing randomly into a house with an assault rifle. Flathead County prosecutors are opposing Langley’s motion.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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