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3 Great Falls men charged with arson in connection with Gibson Flats fires

 Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter
Cascade County Sheriff's Department
Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter

Three Great Falls-area teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with wildfires last week that destroyed 29 structures, including 11 homes in the Gibson Flats area.

Cascade County has filed charges against 18-year-old Brandon Bennett, Jevin Mclean and Galvinn Munson, both 19.

Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter says tips from the community led to the questioning of the three suspects. Slaughter says one of the suspects disclosed “that all three of them were driving around the area the night this occurred, smoking marijuana, and shooting fireworks at each other inside the vehicle.”

Cascade County Sheriff's Department

Slaughter says detectives concluded Galvinn Munson intentionally set both fires — the first with a roman candle pointed at dry grass and the second with a lighter. Munson faces 13 counts of criminal endangerment and two counts of arson. Arson carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Bennett and Mclean were arrested on charges including arson by accountability.

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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.