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Arson suspect offers guilty plea

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WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee man accused of setting the fire that scorched a Methow Street home in July 2013 pleaded guilty to first-degree arson Monday.

Robert E.J. Wheeler, 21, gave an Alford plea, acknowledging the evidence was strong enough to convict him of starting the fire at 504 Methow Street, but declining to admit responsibility.

Wenatchee police said they found two plastic bottles at the fire scene believed to contain gasoline, one of them stuffed with a sock to act…

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