BELTON — A Fort Hood soldier will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to felony arson charges earlier this week.
Spc. Jacob H. Lugmayer, 20, of Fort Hood, pleaded guilty Monday in Bell County’s 426th District Court to a charge of arson in connection with multiple fires that were set at the Starlite Station nightclub on South Fort Hood Street in December.
A preliminary investigation revealed that 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 KPD and the Killeen Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fires were set to destroy evidence and club video footage of a burglary that occurred Dec. 3.
Lugmayer and a second suspect, 34-year-old William R. Twist, were arrested in January and charged with arson.
Twist was an employee at Starlite Station when the fires were set, and told police he acted as a lookout for Lugmayer.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lugmayer told police he planned to take ID cards from the building.
Twist pleaded guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to five years of deferred probation by 426th District Court Judge Fancy H. Jezek on April 1.
Lugmayer pleaded guilty in the same courtroom Monday. His sentencing is slated to take place in May.
Fort Hood did not respond to a request from the Herald as to whether or not Lugmayer would face further legal or disciplinary actions from the Army after his sentencing.
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