- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man charged with helping start a Northfield fire that killed one person and injured another is due in court next month, where he is expected to plead guilty.

A plea agreement filed last week in U.S. District Court in Burlington says 34-year-old Jonathan Zampieri, of Montpelier, agreed to plead to two charges stemming from the Dec. 13 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.

Zampieri could be sentenced to life in prison.

The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/2kOFsxx ) reports Zampieri’s attorney said in court papers his client agreed to plead guilty because “he is, in fact, guilty.”

Zampieri is due in court Feb. 17.

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

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