Tennessee Teens Plead Guilty in Greeneville Warehouse Fire

September 26, 2008

Two teens pleaded guilty to charges resulting from a warehouse fire that damaged the adjacent Andrew Johnson Homestead in Greeneville, Tenn.

Matthew Rose and Jory Ramirez, both 18 and both from Greeneville, pleaded guilty Sept. 24 in U.S. District Court to aiding and abetting each other in the fire at Bernard Warehouse No. 2 on July 31.

They will be sentenced Jan. 15 and face 5-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The fire destroyed the warehouse. Several trees and signs on the Andrew Johnson Homestead property, which is owned by the National Park Service, were also destroyed.

The Greeneville Sun quoted prosecutors as saying the two drove around Greeneville looking for something to burn.

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