An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to his role in a series of western Maryland arsons but will be permitted to attend college this fall.
Jacob Colin Hess pleaded guilty Friday in Washington County to conspiracy to commit first-degree malicious burning.
Hess, of Clear Spring, is one of eight people charged in the fires in Frederick and Washington counties. He was charged in one fire, the burning of a car, in March.
The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown (http://bit.ly/1ezVdK6) reports the sentence was deferred so that Hess can attend Bethany College in West Virginia, where he has a Merit Scholarship and was recruited to play football.
He was given a three-year suspended sentence but will serve Christmas break in the county detention center and must perform community service and testify against co-defendants.
Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com