- Associated Press - Saturday, August 26, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Prosecutors say a suspect in a deadly fire in Northfield in 2015 that was drug related has pleaded guilty.

The office of the U.S. attorney says 34-year-old Howard Hoisington of Berlin pleaded guilty on Friday to arson with death resulting and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Court records say Hoisington and five other suspects intended to rob Efren Serrano of drugs and money. Prosecutors say three of them drove to his apartment and doused him and 22-year-old Brittany Burt with gasoline and lit them on fire on Dec. 13, 2015. Burt died of smoke inhalation and Serrano was seriously injured.

A plea agreement calls for capping Hoisington’s sentence at 25 years.

Hoisington’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

Charges are pending against other suspects.

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