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Serial Arsonist Pleads Guilty To String Of Fires In Accomack County

The Whispering Pines Motel was one of many targets razed by the accused serial arsonist.
The Whispering Pines Motel was one of many targets razed by the accused serial arsonist.

A former volunteer firefighter on Virginia's Eastern Shore has pleaded guilty to 68 counts of arson.

Charles R. Smith III faces up to 584 years in prison and more than $5 million in fines for setting 68 arson fires in Accomack County, Va.

The string of intentionally set late-night fires targeted mostly abandoned and dilapidated buildings. They took place over a 142-day period beginning last November and flummoxed police investigators from all over the state.

Smith's fiancé, Tonya Bundick, who was arrested alongside Smith on April 1, had her day in court delayed because her attorney has bowed out of the case.

She faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

Smith could be sentenced as early as December.

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