A Bountiful man facing three arson charges pleaded guilty Tuesday in 2nd District Court to setting a fire in a trash container behind the apartment complex he managed.
James P. White, 19, Bountiful, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated arson, a second-degree felony. Two first-degree aggravated arson charges were dropped in return for his guilty plea.White was charged with the arson counts after a series of fires in August in Bountiful, mostly around the Main Street apartment complex that White managed. Charges were filed against White after Bountiful Police staked out the area.
He pleaded guilty to setting a fire in a trash container behind his apartment complex on the night of Aug. 23. The attempted aggravated arson charge carries a prison term of one to 15 years.
Davis County Attorney Mel Wilson told Judge Douglas L Cornaby that the plea negotiation includes a stipulation that White will pay restitution on damages caused in all three fires, which could amount to several thousand dollars.
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.