Beckley man pleas guilty to arson

Local - 1/3/2014 7:43 AM by Rebecca Turco

CHARLESTON - A Beckley man accused of setting fire to a Charleston apartment while an acquaintance and a 4-year-old child were inside pleaded guilty to arson.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Antonio LeJune Wade, 29, entered the plea Thursday in federal court.

In August, Wade set fire to clothes that he had placed beneath a wooden staircase connected to the apartment. The staircase was the only entrance and exit to the residence.

Goodwin said Wade knew the acquaintance and toddler were inside when he started the fire. The two escaped unharmed.

Wade faces at least five years in prison when he is sentenced on April 2.


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