MUSCATINE — A Muscatine man is facing less prison time after pleading guilty to a lower arson charge.
Michael Heath, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree arson and second-degree criminal mischief.
Second-degree arson is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Criminal mischief second is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
On April 2, Heath set fire to a garage in the 2200 block of Schley Avenue. The garage along with a motor vehicle and other personal property in the structure were destroyed.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9 in Muscatine County District Court.
Heath had been charged with first-degree arson, a charge that could have sent him to prison for up to 25 years. He also had been charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief, each of which carries a 10-year prison sentence. Those charges have been dropped as part of the plea agreement.