Missouri Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Office Complex Arson

February 17, 2012

A judge gave the maximum sentence possible to a man who admitted to setting fire to an office complex in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Twenty-six-year-old Mark K. Carleton was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison. He pleaded guilty last month to setting a fire on Nov. 21 that destroyed the office complex.

Carleton worked for RGIS Inventory Services, which occupied two of the complex’s offices. Prosecutors say he set the blaze by lighting paper on fire.

The Southeast Missourian reports Carleton told a police officer that he set the blaze because he was upset by a pay cut.

The fire caused $500,000 damage. The office complex was condemned Nov. 22 and its seven tenants had to relocate.

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  • February 18, 2012 at 8:58 am
    SKU Check says:
    Recently, RGIS has required a mandatory drug testing for all its new hires. This case should be enough ground for the company to require a criminal background as well prior to... read more
  • February 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    caffiend says:
    Upset by a paycut? Didn't think things through, because now he'll never hold a job again. I can see the interview now: Interviewer, "I see on your application that you were in... read more
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