Man facing charges in connection with old Bedford Middle School fire to enter plea deal

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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Officials say the man accused of setting fire to the old Bedford Middle School in January 2020 is expected to enter a plea deal in two months.

With some help from the community and surveillance cameras, the Bedford Police Department was able to arrest Daniel Flint for arson and burglary in connection with the fire by February 2020.

Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance told WFXR News on Friday, April 2 that Flint’s case has been scheduled for a plea on June 1, saying true bills were returned on the two indictments that were presented.

“Pre-setting a matter as a plea, means that subpoenas will not be issues and both the Commonwealth and Defense believe, at this time, that a guilty, no contest, or Alford plea will be entered by a defendant,” Nance said in a statement to WFXR News on Friday. “It is important to keep in mind, however, that the presumption of innocence and the constitutional right to a fair trial still apply to Mr. Flint and any defendant until a plea is actually entered. Every defendant has the right to change their mind and demand a trial. This would require the Commonwealth to prove that person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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