The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

June 5, 2014

Carter expected to plead

Knoxville — The trial for accused arsonist Nicholas Wade Carter, 19, was scheduled to begin June 4. The trial has been canceled, and Carter is expected to plead guilty to second-degree arson on Friday, June 13. 

Carter is accused of starting a fire at 110 East Robinson in Knoxville on March 25, 2013. He and another individual were cleaning out an apartment in the building. A candle was lit and set near combustible materials, which caused the fire. 

Lt. Justin Kingrey of the Marion County Sheriff's Department filed the criminal complaint against Carter. The complaint reads, ""(Carter) wanted to burn some of the stuff that was in the building because he was tired of cleaning the items out of the building and just wanted to be done with it." Carter was charged with first-degree arson as a result. 

Carter's plea agreement with the State of Iowa includes reducing the charge to second-degree arson, which is a Class "C" felony. Assistant Marion County Attorney TIffany Kragnes said that the State will recommend a sentence of probation for Carter. 

"He needs to become a productive member of society and begin paying restitution," Kragnes said. 

 

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