Arson suspect gets plea agreement

A plea agreement accepted Monday will keep 62-year-old Terry Dean Magoon out of state prison.

Magoon -- who faced charges of first-degree arson and second-degree burglary of a building in connection with an October fire that destroyed a mobile home he once rented -- pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminal trespass.

Judge Michael O'Hara dismissed the original charges, which carried up to 32 years in state prison upon conviction.

Magoon will likely receive probation and could be sentenced up to 90 days in Moffat County Jail, while being ordered to pay still-unspecified restitution to the owner of the mobile home, which was located east of Maybell at 62802 U.S. Highway 40.

The 12-by-65 mobile home burned the morning of Oct. 24. According to court documents, Magoon allegedly told a Moffat County Sheriff's deputy that he went to the home and started the fire at about 4 a.m.

The same documents allege that Magoon told the deputy he left the home Oct. 20, and was told he wasn't welcome on the property "due to delinquent rent."

O'Hara will sentence Magoon on March 10.

Magoon was released from Moffat County Jail Monday after posting a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

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