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BILLINGS - The last of four teenagers involved in an arson fire that destroyed Huntley Project High School in 2008 has pleaded guilty to felony charges.

Michael Victoria III, 18, pleaded guilty Tuesday to negligent arson, burglary and criminal mischief during a hearing before District Judge Russell Fagg.

Victoria admitted breaking into the school with three others on Sept. 18, 2008, damaging property inside the building and spreading chemicals in a classroom that were later set on fire. Victoria did not admit to setting the fire that destroyed the school, causing an estimated $9 million in losses.

Under the plea agreement, Victoria faces a 10-year sentence with the Department of Corrections with seven suspended. A sentencing date has not been set.

Three others previously admitted taking part in the break-in and fire.

Gregory Three Fingers, who was 19 at the time of the fire, was sentenced in September to 16 years under state supervision. Fagg ordered him to pay $100 a month in restitution for 16 years, mirroring the length of time it will take Huntley homeowners to pay for the $9.75 million bond residents passed to replace the school.

Two others, who were 14 at the time of the crimes, were charged in Youth Court, sentenced to juvenile probation and ordered to pay some restitution.

 

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