Former Vermont Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Arson

December 14, 2011

A former Vermont fire captain has pleaded guilty to setting his wife’s home on fire to get enough insurance money for a medical procedure to allow her to become pregnant.

Ralph Brown pleaded guilty to second-degree arson last week and was sentenced to one to five years in prison. The state agreed to reduce a first-degree arson charge and drop related charges.

Authorities say the 43-year old set his wife’s home on fire in February 2010 twice to try and collect insurance money.

No one was hurt.

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