Rome man pleads guilty to arson, burglary

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Rome man that authorities said set fire to his own home in June has pleaded guilty.

Ronald Lamascolo, 60, of Rome, was found badly burned inside his Elmer Hill Road on June 4 and had to be rescued by firefighters. The home was a total loss. A month prior to the fire, authorities said Lamascolo's wife called police after she said he made more than 30 threatening phone calls to her. She was not at home at the time of the fire.

On Thursday, September 6, Lamascolo appeared in Oneida County Court where he entered a guilty plea to charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree arson.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 22.

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