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Former Connecticut firefighter pleads guilty to fatal 1986 arson

Peter Waraska was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison for setting a fire that killed a couple.

A former Connecticut volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to setting a fatal 1986 fire in East Windsor. 

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Peter Waraksa, 50, pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of negligent homicide, arson and burglary.


Waraksa was arrested in July 2010 -- more than 23 years after the crime -- in connection with the deaths of Orie “Harold” Weeks, 59, and his wife, Assunta, 57, who were found dead after a fire at their home on Oct. 7, 1986.

Waraksa, a member of the Warehouse Point Volunteer Fire Department at the time of the fire, was charged with arson murder after an investigation by East Windsor police and the state cold case unit.

He was already in prison at the time of the arrest, serving a five-year sentence issued in 2007 for sexually assaulting five boys.

NBCConnecticut.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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