Arson Plea 04 Oct 11

A 40-year-old Renville man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail and 5 years of probation for setting fire to an ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

Michael Donovan McLaughlin pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree arson in Renville County Court and charges of burglary and criminal damage to property were dismissed.

The fire occurred during the early morning hours of May 11th in Renville. McLaughlin confessed that he was upset with the woman because she left the bar with another man, so he entered the bedroom of her apartment with a key she had given him and starting a shirt on fire with a cigarette lighter.

McLaughlin will be allowed work release during his jail sentence, which began Monday. He has also been ordered to complete 100 hours of community service before January 20th.