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Central man pleads guilty to cabin arsons

Posted: October 15, 2013 - 11:52am

FAIRBANKS — A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to burning down cabins outside the interior Alaska community of Central.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/19Po1AP) reports Nathan Dewey of Central on Monday pleaded guilty to two counts of arson. A third arson count and burglary counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Dewey will be sentenced March 17 and will serve at least six years in prison.

Central is 125 miles northeast of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway.

Dewey told troopers he burned down his own cabin on March 8, 2011, and tried to burn two summer cabins owned by neighbors. Prosecutors say Dewey returned in April 2011 and burned the other two cabins completely.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Baldock says the state will seek extended probation for Dewey that includes mental health treatment.

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