- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The sentencing hearing for a Sioux Falls man who admitted setting a vacant house on fire has been delayed.

Twenty-three-year-old Jeremy Larsen pleaded guilty to setting fire to the uninhabited Sioux Falls home last year. The plea was withdrawn Friday pending a mental evaluation ordered by Judge Bradley Zell.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1vlbMIs ) that Larsen told police the fire was set accidentally during a night of drinking. He said he poured gasoline as a joke on the living room floor of the vacant house and flicked a cigarette near it. He thought he extinguished the fire before he left.

Larsen was accused two weeks ago of threatening to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s house. An officer found containers of gasoline, matches, a methamphetamine pipe and a fixed-blade knife in his car.

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