Man pleads guilty to several offences including arson and violating parole

A Red Deer man has pleaded not guilty to several offences, including arson and violating his parole earlier this summer.

A Red Deer man has pleaded not guilty to several offences, including arson and violating his parole earlier this summer.

Steve Lagace, 29, of Red Deer chose to be tried by provincial court judge as early as Tuesday in Red Deer provincial court.

He is accused of being involved in two incidents, including the burning of a vehicle that police sought after a Penhold teen was killed in a hit and run in May.

Lagace’s counsel Dan Wilson said he expects that by Tuesday there could be a resolution between himself and the crown prosecutor. However, he entered the plea to move the matter along.

Lagace was arrested on June 16 after it is alleged he violated his parole and was on a Canada-wide warrant. Police said they arrested Lagace and Jessica Masyk, 25, of Penhold after they were found in a vehicle believed to be stolen.

Lagace was also charged with possession of stolen property, failing to stop for a peace officer, possession of a prohibited weapon, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Lagace will next appear in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.