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Published May 17, 2012, 09:53 AM

Former North Dakota fire fighter to plead guilty to arson

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota fire fighter says he will plead guilty for attempting to burn down a house that was occupied at the time by four of his children.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota fire fighter says he will plead guilty for attempting to burn down a house that was occupied at the time by four of his children.

Joseph Morin, of Belcourt, is charged in federal court with arson. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.

Authorities say Morin was employed with the Belcourt Rural Fire Department and set fire to his former residence where his wife and eight of his children lived.

Morin allegedly removed all the electrical meters from the house, threw burning paper into the dryer vent from the outside and stuffed a towel inside the vent.

No injuries were reported from the Feb. 5 incident.

Morin signed the plea agreement earlier this month. A sentencing hearing has not been set.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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