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Former firefighters plead guilty to local arsons

Four locals facing charges in Brimfield, Holland fires

The sites of two fires in Brimfield and Holland (pictured) last year in which four area men pled guilty to setting last week. (click for larger version)
September 06, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Donald Moores, 21, of Brimfield, who had been entrusted by his town to put out blazes as a volunteer firefighter with the Brimfield Fire Department, pled guilty last Monday at Hampden Superior Court to one count of burning a building.

Moores and four other area men were suspected of setting two fires in Brimfield and one in Holland during June and July of 2010, although he only pled guilty to charges relating to one of those fires, which occurred on June 22 at a house on 151 Washington Road in Brimfield. Hampden Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Kinder sentenced Moores to three years probation and ordered him to pay nearly $130,000 in restitution.

Back in June, Dylan Lajeunesse, a 19-year-old Holland resident and former volunteer firefighter for the Holland Fire Department, also pled guilty to one count of burning a building and was subjected to the same penalties as Moores. The other three men suspected of taking part in the arsons last summer — Patrick Elliot, 19, of Charlton, Brian Findlay, 19, of Ashford, Conn., and Jordan Frank, 18, of West Brookfield — will be sentenced later in the month. The three men are also former Brimfield volunteer firefighters, and they face jail time for their alleged involvement in the fires.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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