Former West Virginia volunteer firefighter enters plea deal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty to starting a fire, but his sentencing has been placed on hold in a deferral agreement with prosecutors.
The Herald-Dispatch reports that if 19-year-old Allen Black successfully completes a three-year period of supervision, the felony charge will be dismissed and sentencing will move forward on misdemeanor counts of false alarm of a fire and conspiracy. If he fails, he will be sentenced on all counts. He pleaded guilty Friday.
Black is a former Salt Rock Volunteer Fire Department firefighter. He will be unable to serve as a firefighter as part of his plea deal.
Black was charged earlier this year with 18-year-old Landy Michael Chapman. They were accused of setting or reporting fires and responding to the calls as firefighters in personal vehicles. Chapman’s case is pending.
Information from: The Herald-Dispatch,