ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. - A convicted arsonist who started a wildfire in Elbert County is back in jail.
Deputies re-arrested former volunteer firefighter Alex J. Averette for violating his bond, according to the Elbert County Sheriff's Office.
Averette pleaded guilty in June 2013 to starting the June 2012 County Road 102 Fire that burned several hundred acres and caused the evacuation of the Town of Elbert and the surrounding area. It took 18 days to get control of the fire.
Averette was sentenced to 240 hours of public service, 10 years probation, $2,000 restitution, time served in jail (41 days) and court costs, according to the Elbert County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said defense attorneys argued for a minimum sentence based on Averette’s only prior offense as a petty offense.
However, Elbert County Sheriff's Office investigators said they have since discovered that Averette pleaded guilty in July 2013 to theft charges and and he pleaded guilty to domestic violence/harassment charges in November 2013.
Investigators said the arrests violate Averette’s bail conditions.
Deputies arrested Averette Wednesday.