One of three suspects accused of causing High Chateau Fire pleads guilty

Posted at 6:34 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 20:34:05-05

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. – One of the men charged in connection with starting the High Chateau Fire that destroyed eight homes in Teller County this summer pleaded guilty Monday to a class 6 felony in the case.

Kegan Owens, 19, of Manitou Springs pleaded guilty Monday to one count of setting a fire during a fire ban – a class 6 felony that was one of 17 charges he originally faced in the June fire, which burned more than 1,400 acres and eight homes in central Teller County.

David Renfrow and a juvenile both also face charges, including arson, in connection with the fire that started June 28.

The three are accused of leaving their unauthorized campfire unattended while the area was under a fire ban.

Owens faces up to 18 months in prison or probation when he is sentenced Feb. 4. A plea hearing for Renfrow was continued Monday to Dec. 3.