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Published April 22, 2010, 08:53 AM

Reservation Fires

Three men have pleaded guilty to charges of arson and conspiracy for fires that burned six homes on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Three men have pleaded guilty to

charges of arson and conspiracy for fires that burned six homes on

the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

The U.S. attorney's office identified the men as 19-year-old

Brock Chidester of Rolla and 21-year-olds Troy Trottier and John

Houle, both of Belcourt.

Prosecutors say the men admitted to entering several homes on

Dec. 13, 2008, and setting fires with a lighter. Six homes burned

to the ground.

The men pleaded guilty to six counts each of arson and one count

of conspiracy. Sentencings are set for July 12 in Minot.

Each faces up to five years for the conspiracy charge and 25

years on each of the arson charges.

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