Florence Man Pleads Guilty in Fire Case

A Florence, Mont., man serving a 10-year prison sentence for setting wildfires on federal lands last summer has pleaded guilty to two counts of arson for fires on state lands.

Jonah Warr pleaded guilty Thursday in state District Court to setting fire to a fireworks stand off U.S. 12 near Lolo Creek in August 2006, causing $58,000 in damage. He also pleaded guilty to starting another fire in the Lolo area.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 18.

In March, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced Warr to 10 years in prison and ordered $455,000 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to nine counts of arson, for fires on federal lands in Missoula and Ravalli counties during the summer of 2006. The Gash Creek fire burned nearly 8,500 acres and cost more than $7 million to fight.

A presentence report found Warr was a pyromaniac with a personality disorder bordering on psychopathy. Michael Scolatti, a licensed clinical psychologist, said Warr admitted that voices in his head spoke about lighting fires and getting even with people.

Molloy ordered Warr to begin his sentence in a federal medical facility for psychological treatment, before entering prison.