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Man Pleads Guilty In Connection With Fire Killing Four

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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.

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