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Sentencing date set in vehicle arson spree

A sentencing date has been set for a man who has pleaded guilty to a one-night arson spree.

Angus James Roy Olson, 22, has pleaded guilty to arson for setting eight vehicles ablaze, all on the evening of Oct. 27.

Pickup trucks, cars and vans were entered and fires set inside as they were parked in driveways or outside homes on Prairie Crescent, Durum Drive and Elmdale Boulevard.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis from Durum Drive on the same evening.

Video linked Olson to some of the crimes and fingerprints to others.

No estimate was given in court for the damage as Olson entered his pleas on Thursday.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions on Feb. 1. He was caught drinking when police found him at a Portage la Prairie nightclub outside his curfew.

As Olson entered his pleas, defence lawyer Bob Harrison requested a pre-sentence report that will take his client’s aboriginal background into account during sentencing set for April 17.

Olson was then released to live in Austin on an order that places him on a 24-hour-a-day curfew with only certain exceptions.

The order also bans him from having incendiary devices.

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 18, 2014

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A sentencing date has been set for a man who has pleaded guilty to a one-night arson spree.

Angus James Roy Olson, 22, has pleaded guilty to arson for setting eight vehicles ablaze, all on the evening of Oct. 27.

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A sentencing date has been set for a man who has pleaded guilty to a one-night arson spree.

Angus James Roy Olson, 22, has pleaded guilty to arson for setting eight vehicles ablaze, all on the evening of Oct. 27.

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