ALLIANCE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO FELONY ARSON
An Alliance man accused of setting on fire the house in which he resided has pleaded not guilty.
40-year-old Isaac Gonzalez is charged with felony third degree arson, which alleges that during the early morning hours of December 13, he ignited a fire in the basement of the house.
The property, located at 1107 Grand Avenue, is owned by Barry Harris.
The fire caused a reported $100,000 damage to the home and its contents.
Alliance police discovered Gonzalez in the basement of the house and pulled him through a window to escape the flames and smoke.
Gonzalez was hospitalized in Scottsbuff and turned himself into police on January 8.
Wednesday morning, Box Butte County District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman set a pre-trial hearing for April 1.
Gonzalez is free after posting 10 percent of a $25,000 bond.