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Accused Stevens Point arson pleads not guilty

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A 40-year-old man Stevens Point man accused of arson in trying to burn down his apartment building pleaded not guilty to three felonies Tuesday.

Roy Strait's pleas were entered after a judge ruled he was competent to stand trial, according to online Portage County court records.

Strait was charged with arson and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety in the March 4 fire that forced two people to be rescued and destroyed a home remodeled into four apartments.

No trial date has been set.

Strait told authorities that he set his apartment on fire with gasoline because he felt alone and wanted to go back to prison, the criminal complaint said.

According to police, when officers took a neighbor of Strait's who had been displaced by the fire to the Point Motel for the night, Strait approached them, the complaint said.

"I guess you're here for me," Strait told the officer, showing him four bags he had with him that he described as "prison stuff," the complaint said.

Strait told the officer he was going back to prison "because I started the fire...with gasoline and my candle lighter," the complaint said.

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