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Clover Fire Suspect Takes Plea Deal, Faces Long Prison Sentence

The man who started the devastating and deadly Clover Fire has taken a plea deal and will spend many years in prison. 31-year-old Zane Peterson of Happy Valley pleaded guilty Tuesday to 22 felony counts from a series of arson fires he started between September and November of 2013. By far the worst was the Clover Fire. It started September 9th of 2013 and ripped through more than 8-Thousand acres in a matter of hours, destroying 68 homes, and causing the death of 55-year-old Brian Henry. The total monetary damage was estimated at over 65 Million Dollars. A surveillance camera showed Peterson driving his pickup on Cloverdale Road one minute before the fire started. Another camera showed him on Clear Creek Road at Honeybee Lane 2 minutes later. Peterson kept starting more fires after the Clover Fire. What he didn’t know is that a GPS tracking device had been placed on his pickup, and another one was later placed on his car. That’s how Peterson was implicated in four other fires. Peterson’s prison sentence will be somewhere between 35 and 44 years, and he must serve at least 85%. His sentencing date will be determined October 18th. His victims will have a right to testify at the sentencing hearing.