Man accused of lighting nine fires offered plea deal

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The man accused of setting nines fires in the Tonawandas has been offered a plea deal.

Christopher Syracuse has been given eight days on whether or not to accept the plea deal, which includes three counts of third degree arson. Further details of the deal were not released.

The 26-year-old was arrested in August and charged with setting eight fires in North Tonawanda and one in the City of Tonawanda. Police say he admitted being responsible.

PHOTOS | See photos from each fire scene

News 4 spoke to the mother of Syracuse’s three children, Ashley, who said, “I apologize on his behalf. I just, I feel for them. I know that right now I have nothing to give and I’m just trying to hold me and my family together. I wish he would have talked to me, talked to somebody. There’s so many services he could have used. There’s Crisis Services.”

Police did not say what Syracuse’s alleged motivation was for setting the string of fires, but Ashley believes it was call for help.

While entering court in August he told News 4’s Nalina Shapiro he was sorry and explained his actions by saying, “I was drinking and wasn’t on my meds.” When he later left court, Syracuse told News 4 he was supposed to be on medication for depression. The last thing he said was “get the (expletive) away from me.”

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