Firefighter Honored for Responding to Fires Is Jailed for Setting Them
Looks like there's a new Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but rather than a mythical headless horseman, this one involves a real life arsonist. It seems the volunteer firefighter who was officially honored for responding to the most fires in the New York village has been arraigned by a grand jury for setting two of the fires that left at least 19 people homeless.
Trent Bronner, 22, a former star athlete at Sleepy Hollow High School, confessed to setting a fire last summer while he was under investigation for a fire set in March. He is now charged with two counts of second-degree arson, one of second-degree criminal mischief, one of first-degree reckless endangerment and one of fourth-degree arson, all felonies. He's also charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, according to LoHud.com.
Bronner appears to be like the classic firebug that you see on television and in movies: He had been a member of the local volunteer fire department for three years, and just last year was given a plaque honoring him for responding to more fire calls than anyone else in the area.
Locked up in the West Chester County jail since his arrest on April 27, Bonner is being held on $150,000 bail. He is due to appear in court again on Sept. 28, and if found guilty, could be sentenced to as many as 25 years in prison. You have to wonder if they'll ask him to give the plaque back.
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