Meridian man going to prison for burning son's house - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Meridian man going to prison for burning son's house

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

A Meridian man is going to prison for setting fire to two houses. James William Wiggins, 52, was sentenced Wednesday by Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Lester Williamson on one count of first-degree arson and one count of second-degree arson. Wiggins entered an open plea on May 31, 2016.

Judge Williamson sentenced Wiggins to serve 20 years in prison for first-degree arson with 15 of those years suspended and five years to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. 

On the second-degree arson count, Wiggins was sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight of those years suspended and two years to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Wiggins will serve a total of five years behind bars. 

Additionally, Wiggins was ordered to pay more than $2,800 in fines and court costs.

Wiggins confessed to intentionally setting fires to two homes in Meridian that were owned by his son, providing corroborating details of how he committed the crimes that were consistent with the evidence in the criminal investigation. The first fire was August 23, 2013, and the second was on March 12, 2014.

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