Knox man pleads guilty to setting fire to multiple buildings
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A Knox man pleaded guilty to one count of arson on Thursday.
Kenneth Fortuin, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of arson in the third degree, and one count of Obstructing Firefighting Operations.
On February 5, officials say Fortuin intentionally burned down his house and several buildings located on his property in the town of Knox.
Fortuin cut down several large trees and blocked the roadway, preventing firefighters from performing their duties. He also warned firefighters that he possessed a loaded handgun and threatened to shoot them if they proceeded onto his property.
Fortuin faces 2 1/3 to 7 years in State Prison when sentence on June 19. He will remain in custody at the Albany County Correctional Facility, in lieu of $150,000 bail until sentencing.