NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Rickey Ponds, a former Niagara Falls City School District employee, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted arson, according to the Niagara County District Attorney’s office.
Ponds was a temporary groundsman with the district back in February 2020 when he admitted to setting a maintenance garage behind Niagara Falls High School on fire.
The garage housed snowplows and tractors, much of which was destroyed — the fire costing an estimated $5 million worth of damage, according to Superintendent Mark Laurrie.
When News 4 spoke with Superintendent Laurrie in 2020 — he said Ponds had not given him a reason why the garage was set ablaze.
“He did not give a reason, I have not heard a reason. All I know is that he told the officers that he made a mistake, those were the only words he shared,” Laurrie said.
Ponds could face a maximum of seven years behind bars when he’s sentence on June 16.