Council Bluffs firefighter makes plea deal


November 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs firefighter accused of arson and fraud has taken a plea deal.Henry Hinkel pleaded guilty on Monday to a felony charge of providing false information.His lawyer, Mike Murphy says that Hinkel took the deal in an effort to save his job.Police say Hinkel set his 2002 Jaguar on fire in July. Hinkel says he’s not guilty.Hinkel has been sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. Pottawattamie County prosecutor Jon Jacobmeier says Hinkel’s future as a Council Bluffs firefighter will be up to the city.