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Confessed SW Virginia arsonist faces life plus 110 years

Stephen Igo, NET News Service • Updated Oct 28, 2015 at 2:54 PM

JONESVILLE, Va. — A potential maximum sentence of life plus 110 years faces a Lee County man who confessed to a number of arsons and other charges involving separate incidents over a two year period.

Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney Stacy Munsey said Anthony "Pepper" Peterson, 30, of Jonesville, entered guilty pleas last week in Lee County Circuit Court to multiple arson and burglary charges after being indicted on three counts of arson of an occupied dwelling, three counts of burglary, two counts of arson of a pickup truck, one count of entering an apartment building with the intent to commit arson, one count of arson of an apartment building, and one count of interference with a police radio.

On June 6, 2014, Virginia State Police Special Agent Jason Jenkins was called to the scene of a suspicious fire at the Belmont Apartments in Pennington Gap. Munsey said members of the Pennington Gap Volunteer Fire Department brought Peterson to Jenkins' attention because Peterson had been at the location of a string of recent fires, and present at those sites when the VFD arrived.

More on the arson case from the Kingsport Times-News.

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