Waco: Man Gets Probation In Local Arson Case

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A Waco man was sentenced to probation Monday after he pleaded guilty earlier to arson in an incident at his girlfriend

Stevenson Jay Wallace (Jail photo)

WACO (August 11, 2014) A Waco man was sentenced to probation Monday after he pleaded guilty earlier to arson in an incident at his girlfriend's house.

State District Judge Ralph Strother sentenced Stevenson Jay Wallace to serve 10 years on deferred adjudication probation in the May 12, 2013 incident during which a Robinson woman's home was set on fire.

That means if Wallace complies with the terms and conditions of his probation and successfully completes the sentence, he'll not have a final felony conviction on his record.

Wallace pleaded guilty to the charge on June 9.

Wallace was arrested in 2013 after sheriff's deputies say he set his ex-girlfriend's house on fire.

Deputies first responded in the early morning hours of May 12, 2013 to a house off Cooksey Lane between Robinson and Lorena on a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman.

Deputies were able to defuse the situation and the man left the residence, but returned after deputies left and used lighter fluid and possibly gasoline to set the front porch of the home on fire, authorities said at the time.

The investigation eventually led to a search for a man who investigators believed set the fire.

The man then retreated into a wooded area behind the home.

The residents put out the fire as deputies returned to the home.

The deputies, joined by Department of Public Safety troopers and aided by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office helicopter, began to search for the man, whom they eventually found and arrested without incident.


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