Teen pleads guilty in fire that charred Iowa covered bridge

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WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) _ A second person has pleaded guilty to a fire that destroyed a Madison County historic covered bridge featured on the cover of the novel “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that 18-year-old Joel Davis pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree arson.

Davis told authorities that he and two others set fire to the Cedar Bridge in April last year. Rebuilding the bridge will cost more than $500,000. Davis is scheduled to be sentenced April 16.

Nineteen-year-old Alivia Bergmann also pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in December. She’s set to be sentenced in May.

The bridge, located near Winterset, was also featured in the 1995 movie adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County.”
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Information from: KCRG-TV

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