Md. man pleads guilty to arson; can attend college

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.
 
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   Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com 
 
   AP-WF-08-10-13 1409GMT
 
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