Man Pleads Guilty, Another Awaits Trial in Dealer Arson - Tire Review Magazine

Man Pleads Guilty, Another Awaits Trial in Dealer Arson

One of two men indicted in the 2008 arson fire at a York, Pa., tire dealership, has pleaded guilty.

Angel Rodriguez has agreed to a plea deal for a minimum five and maximum 20 years in prison, and will testify against his co-defendant, John Hughes Jr., who is the son of the man who founded Americana Tire & Wheel.

Americana Tire’s building was gutted and a neighboring business was destroyed in the August 2008 fire. The fire caused some $4.5 million in damage, and was allegedly set by the pair to cover up a purported theft of inventory – tires and wheels they sold to a third party.

Hughes’ trial is expected to start in May.

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