CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Beckley man accused of setting fire to his girlfriend's apartment building pleaded guilty to a single-count federal indictment.
Antonio LeJune Wade, 30, entered the plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver.
Wade told the federal judge he got in a fight with his girlfriend Aug. 25, grabbed his clothes and set them on fire under the stairway leading to her apartment.
Wade left the scene after lighting the fire but was arrested that night.
Federal prosecutors said the fire caused $1,500 worth of damage to the stairway, which was the only entrance and exit to the apartment.
The fire department quickly responded and put out the fire, prosecutors said, and no one was injured.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Blaire Malkin said at the time, Wade's girlfriend and her small child were in the building.
Malkin said the downstairs neighbor's security system caught Wade on video trying to set the stairs on fire.
He faces a five-to-20 year prison sentence, a $250,000 fine three years of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 2.