Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Sentencing for a Liverpool man who conspired to burn two 1967 Camaros as part of a scheme to collect insurance money was once again delayed on Tuesday.
Chris Deverso, who pleaded guilty to an attempted arson charge in August, walked out of Onondaga County Court without being sentenced.
In July 2012, Deverso was arrested on charges including arson, conspiracy, and insurance fraud.
In October 2012, Deverso was arrested in connection to a fire that burned down a 40-bay garage in the Norstar Apartments Complex in Clay.
Investigators claimed Deverso and his accomplice – Robert Swartz of Colorado – were going to destroy the two Camaros.
Swartz was caught up in the blaze, however, suffering burns over 40 percent of his body, according to the Onondaga Sheriff’s Office.
In exchange for pleading to the lesser charge, Deverso had been promised five years probation, including six months of “shock probation” that would be spent in jail.
In addition, he was expected to pay $10,000 in restitution.
At the conclusion of Deverso’s appearance in Judge Joseph Fahey’s court on Tuesday, the judge suggested that the case will likely go to trial.
Deverso’s case was adjourned until Oct. 30.
Outside of the court, neither his defense lawyer, nor prosecutors from the District Attorney's Office would comment on the case.
Deverso has made headlines on numerous occasions in Central New York.
At the time of his arraignment, Deverso told NewsChannel 9’s Tammy Palmer that he was set up because of jealousy and envy. He said, “Apparently, some people think I haven’t been through enough and think I should have to suffer more.”
Deverso says this is the second worse thing that has happened in his life; the first being the death of his daughter Victoria, who was killed in a drunk driving crash back in 2010. Prior to that, he was in a fight with the DEC for keeping an invasive pet species – a snakehead fish that he was told he could not legally own in Central New York.