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Chateau Fire suspects expected to enter a plea next week

Posted at 5:01 PM, Nov 19, 2018

TELLER COUNTY-  Two of the three suspects accused of starting the devastating Chateau Fire in Teller County were in court Monday afternoon for a scheduled arraignment. However, David Renfrow and Keegan Owens both asked for more time before entering an official plea. The judge granted a continuance. Both of them are due back in court on Nov. 26 and at that point are expected to enter a plea.

In court prosecutors mentioned the possibility of a plea deal being offered, but no details about a possible deal were talked about in court Monday.

Renfrow, Owens and a 17-year-old were all arrested on First Degree Arson charges several days after the Chateau Fire started on June 29.

Investigators say the group was camping when they lit an illegal campfire during Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Teller County. They said they left the area when they were spooked by a bear, and told investigators they thought the fire was out before they left.

The maximum penalty for the arson charge is 8 years in prison and a fine as high as $750,000, if they are found guilty.

The Chateau Fire burned more than 1,400 acres and destroyed eight homes and several outbuildings.

Owens and Renfrow
Owens and Renfrow