DENVER (AP) — The husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has pleaded guilty to attempted arson after he left slash piles burning unattended in northern Colorado last year.
The Denver Post reports 69-year-old Christopher Linsmayer was charged after he left several slash piles burning near his property outside Kremmling in October. He pleaded guilty Thursday.
Defense attorney Jack DiCola says Linsmayer takes full responsibility and has agreed not to have any future open fires on his property for as long as he owns the land. McCann declined to comment through a spokeswoman Thursday.
DiCola says Linsmayer started the fires when there was about a foot (30 centimeters) of snow on the ground, and they appeared to be extinguished the following day. But Grand County sheriff’s deputies soon discovered the burning slash piles after someone called to report a possible fire.
Firefighters used hand tools and shovels to put out the fires, and investigators later discovered that Linsmayer had left that morning. No property was damaged, and no one was injured.
Linsmayer was previously suspected of unintentionally starting a 10-acre (4 hectare) wildfire near Kremmling in 2016 that forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes.