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Ex-principal's counsel: Police ignored confession

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Attorneys for the former Dickinson principal accused of setting fire to his school say police ignored a confession from one of the high school's students.

Authorities say 30-year-old Thomas Sander is responsible for the March 3 fire at Trinity High School. Sander has pleaded not guilty to the two Class B felony charges of arson and endangerment by fire.

Defense attorneys say in a response to prosecutors that Dickinson Police received an anonymous letter from a Trinity student, confessing to the fire and proclaiming Sander's innocence.

The letter allegedly gave the combination to the vault where the fire was started. They also say it described details of the fire that were more in line with the arson investigator's findings, which are not yet public.