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Change of plea, sentencing expected in devastating King fire, prosecutor says

Wayne Allen Huntsman booking photo.
Wayne Allen Huntsman booking photo. El Dorado County District Attorney.

Wayne Allen Huntsman, the man accused in the devastating 2014 King fire that torched 100,000 acres and a dozen homes in El Dorado County, is expected to enter a change of plea and face sentencing on Friday, according to El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.

“It is anticipated that there may be a change of plea and potential sentencing of Huntsman,” Pierson’s office said in an announcement sent out Wednesday on Twitter.

Huntsman, who is being held in the El Dorado County jail on three felony counts of arson to forest lands, faced a scheduled trial date of Aug. 16 in the case.

Huntsman’s public defender could not be reached Wednesday. Huntsman is due in court on Friday.

Authorities arrested Huntsman in September 2014 and charged him with setting the fire, which took nearly a month to control.

Sam Stanton: 916-321-1091, @StantonSam