UPDATE: Man pleads guilty to setting apartment fire

UPDATE: Portage County prosecutors are recommending 15 years in prison for a Stevens Point man who pleaded guilty to setting his apartment on fire.

Credit: WSAW

UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 --- 11:26 a.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Portage County prosecutors are recommending 15 years in prison for a Stevens Point man who pleaded guilty to setting his apartment on fire.

The March fire destroyed the four-unit apartment building. Two tenants were inside when Roy Strait poured gasoline all over his apartment and ignited it. Both escaped injury.

WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/1jig6fp ) reports Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske said Strait turned himself in following the fire and told investigators he wanted to go back to prison.

The 40-year-old Strait pleaded guilty to arson Monday. Two counts of recklessly endangering safety will be read during sentencing Sept. 26.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.

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Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014 --- 5:04 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Stevens Point police say a 39-year-old man poured gasoline in his apartment and then set it on fire and left.

The fire happened just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say two people were evacuated from separate apartments. Officers were told four people lived in four apartments in the building. A third resident was staying at a friend's house, but the fourth tenant could not be found in the house.

Authorities say that resident approached officers to turn himself in just before 3 a.m.

WAOW-TV reports the suspect was booked into jail. A bail hearing is scheduled Wednesday.

No one was hurt. Fire officials say the building was destroyed.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.


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