Northampton man sentenced after pleading guilty to setting 2 fires

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A Northampton man has been sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the intentional setting of two fires in 2017.

Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Mary Carey told 22News 40-year-old Gregory McMaster was sentenced to three years on two counts of burning a building and three years of probation on one count of burning personal property, one count of assault and battery on a public employee, and one count of intimidation of a witness.

Carey said McMaster was arrested October 9, 2017, after setting fire to several stacks of plastic containers on pallets covered with a tarp behind CVS on King Street, and then setting fire to a tool shed at Congregation B’nai Israel’s Abundance Farm on Prospect Street.

“He spat on an officer while being taken to the police station, threatened to fight him and threatened the officer’s family,  which led to the assault and battery and witness intimidation charges,” Carey said.

In addition to the sentence, McMaster must also remain drug and alcohol free, submit to testing, continue with counseling, and attend 90 alcoholics anonymous meetings.

 
McMaster was sentenced to 3 years-3 years and a day on two counts of burning a building and three years of probation on one count of burning personal property, one count of assault and battery on a public employee, and one count of intimidation of a witness. The prison sentences are to be served concurrently as is the probation on the other charges.
McMaster was arrested Oct. 9 after setting fire to several stacks of plastic containers on pallets covered with a tarp behind CVS pharmacy on King Street, and then setting fire to a tool shed at Congregation B’nai Israel’s Abundance Farm on Prospect Street.
He spat on an officer while being taken to the police station, threatened to fight him and threatened the officer’s family,  which led to the assault and battery and witness intimidation charges.
 
McMaster must also remain drug and alcohol free, submit to testing, continue with his counseling and attend 90 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one per day, for 90 days, pursuant to probation.
 

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