JC man accused of apartment-complex arson pleads guilty

Don Salcedo

A Jefferson City man who causes half-a-million dollars worth of damage to a local apartment complex is sentenced to five years supervised probation. 

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports Don Salcedo, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of first-degree arson.  In exchange, a second charge of arson was dropped.

The charges stem from an incident in the Fall of 2011 when Salcedo started a fire at the former Mulberry Street Apartments.  Surveillance footage shows Salcedo on all three floors of the complex at three separate times that evening.  At one point he’s seen using a lighter to ignite an item before he walks from the building. 

The Tribune reports the fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damage, left 20 people needing shelter, sent three to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and required a number of fire rescues.