KILLEEN (April 28, 2014) Jacob H. Lugmayer, 20 of Fort Hood, pleaded guilty Monday in Bell County state district court to a charge of arson in connection with a January fire at a Killeen nightclub.
State District Judge Fancy H. Jezek set sentencing in May.
Lugmayer's co-defendant, William Twist, 34, pleaded guilty to the same charge on April 1 in the same courtroom and was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication probation.
Deferred adjudication means if he completes his probation and does not violate any of the conditions, he will not have a final felony conviction on his record.
The two were charged with arson in connection with several fires that police say were set in December 2012 at a local nightclub to destroy evidence of an earlier burglary.
Killeen firefighters who responded to an alarm at around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 17 at Starlite Station at 3310 South Fort Hood St. found several small fires burning, which investigators later determined had been set intentionally, police said.
The fires caused minor to moderate damage to the manager's office and other areas of the club, police said.
Investigators say the fires were set to destroy evidence and security footage of a break-in on Dec. 3.