Ex-firefighter pleads guilty in fatal Conn. arson

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Associated Press

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 9:30 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former volunteer firefighter in Connecticut pleaded guilty to setting a fatal 1986 fire and was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison.

Peter Waraksa (wah-RAHK'-sah) pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of negligent homicide, arson and burglary.

Ten years of parole will follow the prison sentence.

The 50-year-old Waraksa was arrested in July 2010 — more than 23 years after the crimes — in connection with the deaths of Orie and Assunta Weeks. They were found dead after a fire at their East Windsor home on Oct. 7, 1986.

Waraksa was a member of the Warehouse Point Volunteer Fire Department at the time of the fire.

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