The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 26, 2014

Beckley man sentenced to five years in prison for arson

A Beckley man was sentenced to five years in federal prison for setting fire to the steps of his girlfriend’s apartment.

Antonio LeJune Wade, 30, admitted that he intentionally set the fire following an argument with his girlfriend and knowing that the stairs were the only means of exit from the apartment, a release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin stated.

Wade’s girlfriend and her young son were in the apartment located on Sixth Avenue in Charleston, at the time the fire was set.

Wade pleaded guilty in January to a charge of malicious destruction by fire. U.S. District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. imposed the sentence.

The Charleston Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire-arms, and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blaire L. Malkin handled the prosecution.

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