Former volunteer firefighter sentenced in arson case

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Chad M. Ellis, 30, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to setting three fires in Elmore County, the Alabama Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Office announces.

Ellis, the former assistant chief of the Deatsville Volunteer Fire Department, was sentenced to probation in Elmore County Court Wednesday and ordered to pay $86,000 in restitution.

Ellis pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree arson in connection with two vacant house fires in the Deatsville area and one count of setting a woodland fire.

As part of his plea agreement, he will have no affiliation with any fire department for life and will undergo mandatory counseling.

The State Fire Marshal’s would like to thank the Elmore County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance.