POMEROY — A Middleport man has pleaded guilty to starting the May 16, 2016, fire which destroyed a Middleport business as well as a neighboring building.
Keith R. Day, 32, pleaded guilty to two amended counts of arson, felonies of the fourth degree. Day was initially indicted on two counts of aggravated arson.
“Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley was assisted by Special Prosecuting Attorney Paul L. Scarsella of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office. Both Stanley and Scarsella — who has years of experience handling arson cases as Special Assistant Attorney General — worked diligently to ensure that the interests of justice were served in this case,” states a news release from the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office.
In court, both Stanley and Victims Advocate Theda Petrasko acknowledged that the victims in the case were in agreement with the proposed resolution.
The fire destroyed Ingels Carpet and Flooring and a neighboring building.
The pleas agreement calls for Day to receive the maximum sentence of 18 months on each count for a total sentence of three years in prison. He would also be required to pay restitution and register as a arson offender.
Meigs County Common Pleas Court Judge I. Carson Crow accepted the guilty pleas and ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed in the case.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 8.
The May 16 fire destroyed two buildings in Middleport, and damaged others.
“Stanley thanks the firefighters from multiple area fire departments who responded. Without their heroic efforts, additional buildings could have been damaged or destroyed. Stanley also thanks officers from the Middleport Police Department and investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for their actions on scene and subsequent investigation. Additionally, Stanley thanks Special Prosecuting Attorney Scarsella for his assistance and expertise on this case,” concluded the release.
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