- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Charges have been upgraded against two suspects in a deadly fire in Northfield last December that prosecutors say was drug related.

The office of the U.S. attorney said Wednesday that 32-year-old Howard Hoisington of Berlin and 34-year-old Jonathan Zampieri of Montpelier are charged with arson with death resulting.

Prosecutors say they doused 22-year-old Brittany Burt and 26-year-old Efren Serrano with gasoline and lit them on fire on Dec. 13. Burt died of smoke inhalation and Serrano was seriously injured.

Court records say Hoisington, Zampieri and four other suspects intended to rob Serrano of drugs and money.

Hoisington and Zampieri face a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted.

It was not immediately known if they’re being represented by attorneys. They are scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 10.

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

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