ARMOUR-The former manager of a Delmont apartment complex pleaded no contest last week to a charge that he planned the burning of the building in February 2016.
Alvin Andersen, 77, of Tabor, will be sentenced on July 11 for aiding and abetting second-degree arson. Andersen is charged with encouraging now-58-year-old Brian Good, who at the time lived in the complex and served as its handyman, to set the building ablaze.
Good was sentenced in February 2017 to 10 years in prison with four years suspended after pleading guilty to first-degree arson, and he will be eligible for parole in 2021. He was also ordered to pay a total of $318,640.45 in restitution between two insurance companies.
Statements made during a hearing in Good's case were entered as an exhibit in Andersen's. Those included Good saying that Andersen had repeatedly asked him to set the apartment building on fire and that in the days leading up to the fire, Andersen had given him gasoline.
Andersen was indicted on arson charges in January 2018.
Andersen's plea of nolo contendere, which was entered on April 18, means that he accepts conviction of the charge but has not admitted guilt.