Arsonist pleads guilty to Ashland arsons

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - The man who confessed to starting two fires within one week in December 2010 at an Ashland hotel pled guilty today to four felony charges.

The defendant, Jose Ramirez, now faces the possibility of life in prison for arson.  A judge wants authorities to further examine Ramirez's immigration status before a formal sentencing hearing in September.

Ramirez spoke for the first time today and NBC12's Laura Geller was in the courtroom.  Tonight at 11 p.m., she'll explain what the defendant had to say for himself and why his attorney says Ramirez started the blaze that put dozens of lives in danger.

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