Man pleads no contest to Newport Walmart arson

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) —  A New York man pleaded no contest Friday to starting two fires inside a Walmart store in Newport.

George Reddick, 59, of Brooklyn, waived his indictment for one count of first-degree arson.

Photos: Crews fight fire inside Newport Walmart View Gallery >>
Photos: Crews fight fire inside Newport Walmart View Gallery >>

According to the Attorney General’s office, prosecutors were prepared to prove that on Feb. 17, Reddick set two fires inside the J.T. Connell Highway store in an attempt to cover up shoplifting.

The store was evacuated and remained closed for several days so workers could clean up and restock inventory.

Reddick turned himself in two days later. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison with five to serve.

Reddick has been held without bail since his arrest. He’s due in court for sentencing in January.

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