Winchester man to serve 4 years for fire
Published 10:10 am Friday, December 14, 2018
A Winchester man agreed to serve four years in prison after setting his home on fire a year ago.
Jerome Horton, 40, was indicted earlier this year for first-degree arson for the Dec. 29, 2017, incident at 403 W. Washington St.
Police said Horton threw a brick through a window at the residence before igniting gasoline outside the residence. The fire caused minimal damage, police said.
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Thursday in Clark Circuit Court, Horton pleaded guilty to the amended charge of first-degree wanton endangerment and agreed to a four-year prison sentence. A second charge of second-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed as part of the agreement.
Horton apologized in court Thursday and said he was intoxicated at the time.
Police said Horton was arrested at a gas station on West Washington Street, smelling of gasoline and wearing only one shoe. The matching shoe was found outside the house, along with a gasoline can.
Horton is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10, 2019.