FOUNTAIN CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A Warren County man charged with two counts of arson last year has reached a plea agreement with the Prosecutors Office Thursday.
David Purcell, 45, of Independence pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge in exchange for both arson charges being dropped. He also pleaded guilty to being a habitual offender and receiving stolen property.
He was arrested in 2012 after a theft investigation that began in Fountain County.
As News 18 previously reported, murder charges were dropped against Purcell in connection with an Attica house fire which killed 65-year-old Ronnie Shoaf because of an incompetent witness.
In Thursday’s plea deal, Purcell faces up to 23 years in prison. His sentencing is set for April 10.