News Wilson pleads guilty to arson
Jun 25, 2013, 07:46
District Court Judge David L. Christensen set sentencing for 9:30 a.m. July 30 for Dakota A. Wilson, who negotiated a guilty plea June 17 in Corydon.
Wilson was originally charged with five counts of arson, three of second degree arson, a class C felony, and two of third degree arson, an aggravated misdemeanor, in connection with fires that destroyed hay and damaged a barn in February 2012.
In the negotiated plea, Wilson pleaded guilty to one county of arson, second degree, a class C felony, in the Feb. 20, 2012, fire that destroyed 20 hay bales at John Allen's farm. His sentence could be as much as $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail. Restitution to Allen is set to be $3,900.
At Judge Christensen's question as to why he started the fire, Wilson simply shrugged his shoulders and replied, "It was something stupid to do."
Wilson was a member of the Corydon Volunteer Fire Department at the time of the fires, and was present as firefighters fought the fire.