VIDEO: A Cedar City man has been granted a reduced sentence after setting his mother’s house on fire in Nibley.
Christopher Lescoe, 34, was sentenced to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated arson.
He appeared at the 1st District Court in Logan Monday morning before Judge Thomas Willmore.
Lescoe was originally charged with one first-degree felony of aggravated arson and one class B misdemeanor for assault after the incident in March, to which he pleaded not guilty. He later changed his plea to guilty of the first-degree felony in exchange for the dismissal of the misdemeanor charges. At Lescoe’s sentencing hearing Monday, his defense requested a one-step reduction from a first-degree felony to a second-degree felony, which the judge granted based on Lescoe’s mental health status and his success at stabilization while incarcerated.