Virginia News

Apr 23, 12:52 PM EDT

Man sentenced for arson spree on Virginia's Eastern Shore


ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) -- A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for setting more than 60 fires on the Eastern Shore.

Charles Smith III pleaded guilty in October 2013 to 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Media outlets report that he was sentenced on Thursday in Accomack County Circuit Court.

Smith and Tonya Bundick were accused of setting fire to abandoned structures between November 2012 and April 2013.

Bundick was sentenced on Monday in Virginia Beach Circuit Court to 17-and-a-half years in prison after she entered Alford pleas to 61 arson counts. She previously was convicted of setting two fires.

Smith apologized on Thursday to property owners affected by the fires, firefighters and anyone else who might have been affected by the fires.

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