Former volunteer firefighter sentenced to 7 years in prison for arson

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DURANT, Okla. – A former volunteer firefighter was sentenced to prison after accepting a plea deal in an arson case.

Officials say James Gregg, a now former volunteer with the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department, would set fires and then respond to them as a firefighter.

“It’s pretty clear he set these fires and waited. And was supposedly one of the heroes who would put it out. He is, from what I understand now, a former firefighter for that district,” said Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Nabors.

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Nabors told KXII that Gregg admitted to burning two pastures near the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department last year.

Gregg was ultimately charged with two counts of third-degree arson, and initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

However, KXII reports that Gregg accepted a plea deal earlier this week, and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

 

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