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Movie copycat arsonist pleads

Movie copycat arsonist pleads

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FORT EDWARD - Glen Jones told police he wanted to be a hero, like in the movie "Backdraft."

But he wound up arrested for arson and will likely serve 10 years in state prison after admitting he set a fire inside an apartment with the intent of becoming a hero by putting it out.

Jones, 18, of Lake George pleaded guilty to second-degree arson Friday in front of Washington County Judge Philip Berke a few days before his case was scheduled to go to trial.

He was arrested last fall after he told police he set fire to a chair in his girlfriend's Granville apartment.

No on was injured in the fire, and the apartment was not heavily damaged.

According to court records, Jones had watched the movie "Backdraft," in which a group of Chicago firefighters tracks an arsonist.

"While we were watching the movie, I got the stupid idea to start a fire and be the hero by putting the fire out," Jones allegedly said in a statement he gave police.

Later that evening, while Jones' girlfriend and her family slept, Jones told police he set a chair on fire and went to bed pretending to be asleep while waiting for the apartment to fill with smoke. However, family members woke up and put out the blaze before he got the chance.

Jones faces sentencing on April 1.

Also in County Court:

* Mary Weygant, 75, of New Windsor (Orange County), pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of a controlled substance after she admitted trying to smuggle heroin into Great Meadow Correctional Facility. She will appear for sentencing on April 18.

* Patrick Boyer, 16, of 42 Seminary St., pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, admitting that he took money from his mother's bank account. He is expected to serve 6 months in jail and 5 years probation and will be sentenced at a later date.

* Juan Torres, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

* Yusef Vinson, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

* Gregory Stewart, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

* Franklin Fernandez, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

* Kwok Young, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

* Yusas Carr, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree promoting prison contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

* Korey Liggins, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy. He will appear in court at a later date.

* Ramell Lankford, a state prison inmate, pleaded not guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband. He will appear in court at a later date.

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