RIDGWAY — A Johnsonburg man has entered a guilty plea in an April 2018 arson case.
James Luke Coons, 34, of 145 Terra Cotta Road, Johnsonburg, entered a plea of guilty to a felony charge of reckless burning or exploding Jan. 31, according to court documents obtained through the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System. In exchange for his plea, felony charges of arson and risking catastrophe were not prosecuted.
The charges stem from an April 11 incident in which a vehicle and camper were set on fire.
At approximately 4 a.m., police were dispatched to 399 Terra Cotta Road, Johnsonburg and found a 2004 Cadillac SRX with flames showing from the engine and tire wells, according to information reported in the Courier Express at the time. The vehicle was approximately 20 feet from a dirt road, in a small clearing, next to a pull behind camper. The vehicle was valued at $5,491.70 and the camper attached at about $1,000. When Coons was interviewed by police, he confessed to intentionally setting the vehicle on fire, police said. He also confessed to igniting the floor of the camper.
A pre-sentence investigation report is currently being completed and Coons is awaiting sentencing.