CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Beckley man accused of setting fire to an apartment in Charleston pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday.
Antonio LeJune Wade, 29, pleaded guilty to an arson charge in front of U.S. District Court Judge John Copenhaver.
In August, Wade set fire to clothes, which he placed beneath a wooden staircase connected to a Sixth Avenue apartment. The staircase was the only entrance and exit to the residence.
An acquaintance of Wade's and a toddler were in the apartment at the time the fire was started, and Wade knew it, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. The two escaped unharmed.
Wade faces a minimum of five years in prison when he's sentenced April 2.