Guilty Plea In Garage Arson Case

A guilty plea was entered in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Thursday by a man who set fire to a garage and threatened to kill a woman who was his girlfriend at the time.

A guilty plea was entered in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Thursday by a man who set fire to a garage and threatened to kill a woman who was his girlfriend at the time.  35 year old Clarence Carl Martin has pleaded guilty to three counts of arson and one count of uttering threats.  The charges relate to an incident last month when Martin and his girlfriend were working on a motorbike in the garage at her north side home.  They got into an argument and the bike tipped over, with the gas from the tank spilling on to the floor.  He ignited the fuel, the garage caught on fire, and the woman suffered burns to her arm and hair.  One witness claimed he heard Martin tell her "you're lucky I didn't kill you...you're lucky to be alive."  The fire destroyed the garage and a pick-up truck inside, with property damage estimated at $65,000.  Martin will remain in custody while a pre-sentence report is prepared.  He's scheduled to be back in court for sentencing in November. - Bryan Jeannotte

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