Former Canyon Ranch guard gets probation in bomb threat, arson case

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PITTSFIELD -- A former security guard who admitted setting fire to a shed and making a bomb threat at an exclusive Lenox health spa has received five years of probation.

Miles Arnspiger, 24, of Pittsfield, also was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service by Berkshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini, who on Wednesday continued the case without a finding of guilt for five years.

In May 2012, Arnspiger reported to Lenox Police he had discovered a handwritten bomb threat targeting Canyon Ranch resort in Lenox, where he was then employed as a security guard, prosecutors said. Lenox police later determined Arnspiger had authored the note himself.

Police said that a little less than three months later, in August, Arnspiger set a small fire in a woodshed on the resort property using pine needles and a lighter. He then assisted in putting the fire out. The fire only caused about $10 worth of damage.

In August, Arnspiger pleaded to facts sufficient for a finding of guilt on charges of burning a building and making a bomb threat. His sentencing was delayed because the Berkshire District Attorney's Office requested a mental health evaluation prior to sentencing.

The judge sentenced Arnspiger in line with a joint recommendation between First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello and the defendant's attorney, Nathaniel K. Green.

During the probation period Arnspiger must follow all counseling recommendations outlined in the pre-sentence evaluation and write letters of apology to Canyon Ranch and the Lenox Fire Department. He is also required to stay off Canyon Ranch property.

If Arnspiger stays out of trouble during his probationary period the two felony charges filed against will be dismissed.

The judge said the case can be evaluated in three years to determine whether Arnspiger's probation can be terminated early.

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