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Accomack County Arson Suspect Pleads Guilty

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.- A woman charged in an Accomack County arson spree changed her plea to guilty on Tuesday to one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson in connection with an April 2013 fire that occurred in Melfa.

In day two of her trial in Virginia Beach, Tonya S. Bundick, 41, of Parksley, told the court early Tuesday afternoon, "I'm guilty," and said she would sign whatever papers were necessary to signify that fact. The judge accepted Bundick's Alford plea, which means that while she does not admit guilt, she does admit there is enough evidence to convict her. No sentencing date has been set yet. She could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine when she is sentenced.

Bundick's sudden move to enter an Alford plea came after her defense rested its case. Her Defense attorney A. Christopher Zeleski said his client decided to change her plea after hearing the evidence. She had testifed that she was not involved in the fires.

This was the first of two trials for Bundick, who still faces 62 additional counts after being indicted by a grand jury for the arson spree that occurred between November 2012 and April 2013 in Accomack County. The second trial will be held at a later date. 

Bundick's former fiancé, Charles Smith, has already pleaded guilty to arson and other charges and is still awaiting sentencing.


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