- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana police say a teen has confessed that she helped start a fire at her high school last year that caused more than $2.7 million in damage.

The Independent Record reports (https://bit.ly/2o9GDW4 ) the teen enter a change of plea as part of a plea agreement Wednesday at Helena youth court. The teen faced juvenile charges equivalent to felony arson and burglary and misdemeanor-level counts of criminal mischief, obstructing a peace officer, possession of an intoxicating substance and possession of tobacco. The teen admitted to the charges involving arson, obstructing officers and alcohol.

Court records show the plea agreement includes restitution of more than $260,000.

Two other teens were involved in the fire that caused Helena High School to cancel classes for two days. The group told police they set fire to a mop in the janitor’s closet.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com


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