- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man who caused havoc after a drug-induced hallucination led him to fear an imaginary bear attack will serve a minimum of two more years in prison.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/241Ntzx ) 30-year-old Lucas Gingras pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree arson and reckless endangerment in Vermont Superior Court after cutting a deal with prosecutors.

Charges of aggravated assault, attempted murder and aggravated assault with drugs were dropped. The Milton man was sentenced to serve between four and 10 years in prison with credit for time already served.

Prosecutors say Gingras lit a Georgia Mountain cabin on fire in June 2014 after drugs caused him to hallucinate a bear attack. He then convinced his then-girlfriend, 45-year-old Ladonna Merriman, to jump off a cliff after they fled the cabin.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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