Man pleads guilty to arson charge

2012-10-01T03:45:00Z 2012-10-01T05:00:17Z Man pleads guilty to arson chargeThomas Geyer The Quad-City Times
October 01, 2012 3:45 am  • 

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.

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