UPDATE: Asst. DA Asks for 15 Years in Stevens Point Arson Case

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By: Team Coverage Email
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Prosecutors are asking that a 40-year-old Stevens Point man convicted of lighting his apartment on fire while two tenants were still inside, spend 15 years in prison.

Roy Strait reached a plea deal with prosecutors Monday in Portage County court. He pleaded guilty to arson. As result, two counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety were dismissed, but will be considered during his sentencing.

Police say Strait told officers he poured gasoline all over his apartment, lit it on fire, and left. The incident happened March 3 at a home on Monroe Street. The fire displaced three other people and destroyed the four unit apartment building.

Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske said Strait turned himself in following the fire and told investigators he wanted to go back to prison.

Investigators say two people were home at the time. Both escaped without injury.

A sentencing date has been scheduled for September 26. A judge will have the final say over Strait's sentence.

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