Man Pleads Guilty In Connection With Fire Killing Four - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Man Pleads Guilty In Connection With Fire Killing Four

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

One man charged in connection with a trailer home fire last April in which four people died changes his plea in court on Tuesday.

Zaccary John Kern pled guilty to four counts of negligent homicide by accountability.

The other five counts are recommended to be dismissed as a part of a plea deal.

Court documents show Kern and his co-defendant Robert Bottenhagen went to a bar and then an after-party.

According to a friend, they talked about lighting towels on fire and then putting them out.

Witnesses say the two men set an apron on fire inside of the residence and documents show Bottenhagen said he believed they put out the fire.

Part of Kern's plea deal is that he agrees to testify against Bottenhagen.

Bottenhagen's trial is set for April 30.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Medical Uses for Contraceptives

    Medical Uses for Contraceptives

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:53:28 GMT
    Most people think contraceptives can only be used for birth control. But doctors and nurses say they more often see patients using them to treat other medical conditions.
    Most people think contraceptives can only be used for birth control. But doctors and nurses say they more often see patients using them to treat other medical conditions.
  • Dirty Dash Returns to Billings this Saturday

    Dirty Dash Returns to Billings this Saturday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:22:06 GMT
    The dirtiest 5k race is back in Billings this weekend, and you still have time to register. The Dirty Dash takes place this Saturday.

    The dirtiest 5k race is back in Billings this weekend, and you still have time to register. The Dirty Dash takes place this Saturday.

  • Fire Restriction in Effect

    Fire Restriction in Effect

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:13:29 GMT
    A stage one fire restriction is in effect for Montana state parks and FWP areas.
    A stage one fire restriction is in effect for Montana state parks and FWP areas.