Accused arsonist plea rejected by judge

(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail)

A plea agreement from an accused barn arsonist in Elkhart County has been rejected by a judge.

Sherry Thomas, 33, faces eight counts of arson in connection to the series of barn fires in 2021.

Monday, she pleaded guilty, but the court did not accept the plea agreement as it was presented. A change of plea hearing has been set for Monday, December 5.

Last week, Joseph Hershberger was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his part in the arsons.

Both Thomas and Hershberger still face arson charges in Marshall and Kosciusko Counties.


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