- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Batesville man has pleaded guilty to an arson charge after he admitted burning down a state probation office in hopes of destroying his urine sample, which had tested positive for methamphetamine and was being stored in the building.

Douglas McArthur Adams III admitted Thursday that he set fire to the Batesville probation office last year because he wanted to destroy the evidence that could have led to the revocation of his probation in an unrelated case. Court papers say probation officers had collected a methamphetamine-positive urine sample from Adams three days before the fire.

Fire investigators say the blaze began in a room adjacent to the refrigerator where drug-testing urine samples were stored.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1qB8eez ) that Adams faces a minimum of five years in federal prison.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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