STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A 40-year-old Stevens Point man accused of trying to burn down his apartment building in March was convicted of arson Monday.
In a plea deal, Roy Strait pleaded no contest to one count of arson in return for prosecutors dismissing two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, according to online Portage County court records.
The deal calls for prosecutors to recommend that Strait be sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision, court records said. Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur set sentencing for Sept. 26.
Strait was charged in the March 4 fire that forced two people to be rescued and destroyed a home remodeled into four apartments.
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.
Strait has been jailed on a $100,000 bail since the fire.