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BILLINGS - Prosecutors say a teenager charged in an arson fire that destroyed Huntley Project High School has agreed to plead guilty.

Court documents filed this week say 18-year-old Michael Victoria III will appear in District Court on May 25 to plead guilty to felony charges of negligent arson, burglary and criminal mischief. He was initially charged with arson and two counts of burglary.

The admissions are part of a plea agreement that will resolve the last criminal case stemming from the Sept. 18, 2008, fire that destroyed the building, displaced hundreds of students and caused millions of dollars in damages.

The agreement had not been filed as of Friday, but Deputy County Attorney Scott Twito says it calls for a 16-year sentence to the state Department of Corrections with 13 years suspended.

Victoria, who was 16 at the time of the fire, is one of four teens accused of breaking into the high school and setting the blaze. He was charged as an adult.

 

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