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Firefighter pleads guilty to arson

A former Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting forest fires in November.

Christopher Little, 30, pleaded guilty March 3 as part of a plea deal, according to a press release from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. Little, who had worked for the state since October, was seen by residents of Hellier in Pike County setting fires and was arrested that day.

The fire was put out quickly, state officials said.

Little will be sentenced to 2½ years probation, with credit for three months already served, the Division of Forestry said.

Forest arson is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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