- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man charged with helping start a Northfield fire that killed one person and injured another has pleaded guilty to arson with death resulting and robbery conspiracy charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 34-year-old Jonathan Zampieri, of Montpelier, faces a potential life sentence on the arson charge and up to 20 years on the robbery charge.

A plea agreement was filed in late January in which Zampieri agreed to plead to two charges stemming from the Dec. 14 fire that killed 22-year-old Brittany Burt and injured 26-year-old Efren Serrano.

Court records say Zampieri and five other suspects intended to rob Serrano of drugs and money.

Prosecutors say they doused Burt and Serrano with gasoline and lit them on fire. Burt died of smoke inhalation and Serrano was seriously injured.

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