Man pleads guilty to setting apartment fire

  • Associated Press
  • June 10, 2014 - 11:15 AM

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — 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 ( ) 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.

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