Man pleads guilty to arson

Charges stem from Nov. 3 mobile home fire

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— A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a November mobile home fire.

Cameron David Billingsley has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespass, a class five felony, and second-degree arson, a class two misdemeanor, for the Nov. 3 fire that destroyed a mobile home.

Billingsley entered the guilty pleas in 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson's courtroom because of a plea agreement.

Thompson has accepted the plea agreement conditionally and will sentence Billingsley during a hearing March 1.

According to the plea agreement negotiated between defense attorney Norm Townsend and Deputy District Attorney David Moffat, Billingsley would receive a deferred judgment for the felony.

If Billingsley stays out of trouble with the law for two years, the felony would be dismissed.

If he gets into trouble, Billingsley could be sentenced for the felony, which carries a prison term of one to three years and a $100,000 fine.

The deferred judgment does not include the arson charge, which is punishable by three to 12 months in the Routt County Jail and a $1,000 fine.

Billingsley also has to pay for restitution for the vacant mobile home he burned down just after 1 a.m. at Dream Island Plaza.

According to court records, the value of the mobile home is not known at this time. However, the owner told authorities the home could have sold for as much as $3,500.

When Billingsley was arrested Nov. 12 at his Dream Island residence, he told authorities he torched the mobile home because he was "intoxicated, bored and mad he had to work on Halloween."

Billingsley lit cardboard and papers inside the mobile home with a cigarette lighter, court records show.

The mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when Steamboat Springs firefighters arrived at the scene at about 1:45 a.m.

The fire extended to a second mobile home, burning the entire adjacent side. No one was inside either of the mobile homes.

It took firefighters about a half-hour to get the blaze under control.

The mobile home, which belongs to Colorado Real Estate and Investment, was burned inside and out.

Fire investigators suspected arson because all utilities to the home had been disconnected, records show.

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