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A 38-year-old man arrested in February for a string of arson fires has admitted to a felony charge.

Shawn Michael Brooks appeared Tuesday in District Court and pleaded guilty to felony arson.

Judge Russell Fagg agreed to release Brooks from the county jail without bond pending a June 30 sentencing hearing, but a public defender said it is possible Brooks will remain behind bars until a revocation for a unrelated misdemeanor charge is resolved.

Brooks admitted to the felony offense in a plea agreement that calls for him to receive a six-year suspended sentence. Brooks must also pay restitution, undergo a chemical dependency evaluation and write a letter of apology, according to the agreement.

Brooks admitted that on Feb. 20 he set fire to a 1987 Honda Prelude that had been parked near a building on Montana Avenue. The car was engulfed in flames when police and fire crews arrived.

Officers followed boot tracks through the snow for several blocks and discovered two garbage bin fires. One of the bins was near a gas meter.

The tracks led officers to an apartment in the 3500 block of Montana Avenue where Brooks was arrested.

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