CLEARFIELD – A Curwensville man charged with arson pleaded guilty to lesser charges Wednesday during centralized court.
Michael Guy Little, 54, was charged by the Pennsylvania State Police after he tried to set fire to a trailer at the Lash Trailer Court in Pike Township.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were called to the residence on June 13 at 4:25 p.m. Little was sitting at a picnic table and appeared to be intoxicated.
When asked what happened, he said “I messed up big time. I’m gonna be in big trouble.” He admitted he had tried to light the trailer on fire twice, police said.
The victim explained to the troopers that she returned home to find Little drunk. He started an argument with her during which she told him she was leaving. He tried to stop her several times before lighting a pile of her clothes on fire.
She was able to get the clothing outside, but as she did this, he tried to light other portions of the trailer on fire. He told her he was going to burn it down, she said. He managed to light a portion of the ceiling, but she was able to extinguish the fire.
At his preliminary hearing Wednesday, Little pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in addition to a summary dangerous burning charge. He must pay fines and costs totaling $604.50 and he must serve two years probation.