A former wine dealer accused of destroying $200 million worth of Napa Valley wines is trying to withdraw his guilty plea.
A May 3 hearing has been scheduled in Sacramento federal court to determine whether Mark Anderson will be allowed to plead not guilty and go to trial on 19 charges.
Anderson needs a judge's permission to undo the guilty plea entered in 2009.
Anderson is accused of starting a fire in 2005 at a Mare Island warehouse that destroyed six million bottles of wine belonging to 92 wineries and 42 private collectors. Prosecutors say the fire was meant to cover up a scheme in which Anderson sold his clients' wine without their permission.
Anderson now claims he was coerced into accepting a plea deal.