A former volunteer fireman in Augusta County has pleaded guilty to nine counts of arson, including a blaze set in January that destroyed seven unoccupied motor homes.
Twenty-year-old Joey Lambert Junior of Waynesboro pleaded guilty Monday in Augusta County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty to three other charges in September, in Waynesboro.
An accomplice, 25-year-old Michael Tong of Fishersville, was convicted of ten counts of arson and several other charges.
Both men are former members of the Dooms Volunteer Fire Company. Authorities arrested the pair in June after a 10-month investigation by Virginia State Police into a series of fires in trash bins and abandoned buildings in and around Waynesboro.
Prosecutors say Lambert and Tong set the fires because they wanted the Dooms Fire Company to respond.
Lambert's attorney said the pair only targeted vacant structures for destruction.
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