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Ex-EKU student set for arson trial in June

A former Eastern Kentucky University student is set for trial in June on charges he set two hallway bulletin boards on fire and endangered the lives of building residents.

Madison County Circuit Judge Jean C. Logue on Thursday set a June 11 trial date for 19-year-old Samuel McFarland of Williamsburg. McFarland is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree promoting contraband.

Police arrested McFarland Oct. 14. The sprinkler systems activated and no one was injured in the fires.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Smith told the Richmond Register that McFarland has been offered five years in prison if he pleads guilty, but that offer hasn't been accepted.

Defense attorney Brandon West said there's been no resolution

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