- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Mitchell man accused of starting a fire in a Main Street apartment building has pleaded guilty to reckless burning and simple assault.

Thirty-year-old Stephen Seltz initially was charged with first-degree arson and aggravated assault after the Nov. 6 fire in a three-story building that included apartments and businesses. No one was hurt, but a dog died in the fire and several residents and two businesses were displaced.

Seltz said in court Tuesday that he burned his girlfriend’s clothing in his apartment after an argument, and that he didn’t mean to cause any harm.

The Daily Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1GTTH54 ) that Seltz could face more than 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in May.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com


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