William R. Twist

William R. Twist

BELTON — A Killeen man was sentenced to probation for attempting to set fire to a local night club.

William R. Twist, 34, of Killeen, was sentenced to five years deferred probation by 426th District Court Judge Fancy H. Jezek on Tuesday.

Twist was arrested in January and charged with arson in connection with multiple fires set at Starlite Station on South Fort Hood Street on Dec. 17.

A preliminary investigation revealed several fires were intentionally set within the building. The fires caused minor-to-moderate damage to the manager’s office and other areas in the facility, according to a statement from the Killeen Police Department.

Detectives from the Killeen Police Department and the Killeen Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fires were set to destroy evidence and video footage from the club of a burglary that occurred Dec. 3.

Twist, who was an employee at Starlite Station when the fires were set, told police he acted as a lookout for another man, Spc. Jacob H. Lugmayer, 20, of Fort Hood.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lugmayer told police he planned to take identification cards from the building.

Court records indicated a plea hearing is scheduled for Lugmayer on April 28.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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