VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The woman accused of setting more than 60 fires on the Eastern Shore made a move in court some might find surprising.
Tonya Bundick was expected in court Monday morning for a jury trial on just count 53 – just one arson – but instead, no jury was needed. Bundick entered an Alford plea on all remaining 61 counts. That means she is not saying she is guilty but is pleading guilty because she knows that the commonwealth has enough evidence to find her guilty. Of the 61 counts, 52 were felonies and nine were misdemeanors.
Bundick will serve seven years for this plea but when you add that to the seven and three and a half year terms she was already sentenced to for previous charges — that is a total of 17 and a half years behind bars.