Update: Man detained by three Curry County residents pleads guilty to attempted arson

  • Source: KTVL-TV CBS 10 Medford
  • Published: 09/30/2022 12:00 AM

A man who was detained by three Curry County residents has pleaded guilty to attempting to start two wildfires and will spend one year in state prison. 3I-year-old Trennon Ray Smith of Veneta amended his plea on Tuesday, Sept. 27, according to court documents. Smith's arrest made national headlines in July when Curry County Sheriff John Ward released a statement saying three "good Samaritans" had detained Smith and "tie[d] him to a tree to subdue him." "He did admit to setting the fires," Curry County District Attorney Joshua Spansail told News10. "He said he was walking along the road and lit the fires with a Bic lighter." Spansail added that Smith also admitted to being under the influence of narcotics. He noted it's the first wildland fire caused by arson he's seen in five years.


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