Liverpool man accused of burring down Clay garage pleads guilty to lesser charge

Chris Deverso (center) led into court by police last year.

A Liverpool man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of third degree attempted arson for his role in a garage fire at the Norstar Apartment Complex in Clay last July

Christopher Deverso will be sentenced to six months in jail with five years probation. He will have to pay restitution of up to $10,000 and withdraw all insurance claims.

Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies say Deverso started the fire to collect insurance money. It destroyed the garage.

Deverso was first in the public eye in 2009 when the State

DEC tried to remove "Rocky" the snakehead fish

from his home for being an illegal species.

Then, in 2010, his daughter, 17-year-old

Victoria Deverso was killed

in a drunk driving crash in Bridgeport.

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