NW Pa. man pleads in arson; dad already cleared

RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) — A 24-year-old man acknowledged he set a house on fire in rural northwestern Pennsylvania at his father’s request, even though the older man has already been acquitted in the same blaze.

Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Milliard, of Ridgway, will spend one year minus a day to two years minus two days in the Elk County Jail after Monday’s plea. The sentence was structured so that he would serve county jail time, not state prison time, which would have been required had he been sentenced to one to two years’ incarceration.

Milliard must also pay $23,700 restitution for the December 2008 fire at a home owned by his father, Francis Milliard, who was cleared of charges that he was also involved.

The duo remain charged with burning down another home in Elk County in May 2012.

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