Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Sockeye wildfire, which drove Willow residents from their homes and claimed 55 residences.Download AudioThe Sockeye Fire which devastated Willow in 2015 (Photo courtesy of the Mat-Su Borough)Defendants in a case now pending in state courts will face trial, according to the outcome of a pre-trial hearing held on Friday.Attorneys for Greg Imig and Amy DeWitt say they will not accept a plea bargain offered by the state. Palmer district attorney Roman Kalytiak said two weeks ago that the state was attempting to negotiate to avoid a month long trial.The state has charged Imig and DeWitt with criminally negligent burning and reckless endangerment, among other charges. All the charges against the couple are misdemeanors, and do not carry jail time.DA Kalytiak said restitution for the fire is a sticking point in the plea deal. The state wants to go to trial by July, but attorneys for the defendants say they want to wait until October.
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