SACRAMENTO -- A man convicted in an arson fire that destroyed $200 million worth of Napa Valley wines is considering trying to withdraw his guilty plea.
Mark Anderson says the deal prosecutors gave him in exchange for the plea was not what he was promised.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a federal judge in Sacramento on Tuesday gave Anderson six more weeks to decide whether to withdraw his plea. The 61-year-old would have to show he had been misled or coerced into admitting guilt.
Anderson was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to arson in the October 2005 fire at a Vallejo warehouse.
Anderson ran a wine storage business and kept his customers' wines at the warehouse. Prosecutors say he started the fire to cover up a scheme in which he sold his clients' wine without their permission.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle