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Former firefighter pleads guilty

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Elmer Cuevas is sentenced to five years of probation. Elmer Cuevas is sentenced to five years of probation.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A former Savannah fire captain and military veteran pleaded guilty Wednesday morning at the Chatham County courthouse. 

Elmer Cuevas was sentenced to five years of probation on charges to misdemeanor criminal trespass, two charges of terroristic threats and two charges of simple battery on an officer.

The Cuevas told WTOC outside of court that the night in April 2012 was blown way out of proportion.

Cuevas' wife said she never filed charges after she called police to their home. Police said at the time that Cuevas lit her clothes on fire and threatened her life. When officers arrived, he became combative and head-butted one of the officers, which led to two simple battery on an officer charges, according to police.

Cuevas pleaded guilty and Superior Court Judge James Bass Jr. reduced the third-degree arson, which could have held up to a five-year prison sentence, to misdemeanor criminal trespass.  

Even after pleading guilty, the judge granted Cuevas first offender status and sentenced him to five years probation. 

Cuevas no longer works for Savannah Fire. He told WTOC that with the media attention, it has become extremely difficult to find a job and all he's done his working life after the military is work as a firefighter.  

His wife also added that it has been very difficult on the family.

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