Man Arrested For Arson At Lexington Apartment Complex

Three fires, just months apart, kept people living at a Lexington apartment complex on edge.

Now, federal investigators say they didn't have to go far to find the man they claim started one of them.

25-year-old Michael Mitchell is now behind bars, charged with setting a fire at the Kirklevington Hills Apartments in February, 2007.

On that night, he even talked to 27 NEWSFIRST about the fire.

Mitchell was arrested Monday. On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to arson charges.

The fire he's accused of setting was the third fire in a five month period at the complex.

Mitchell was living in one of the complex's apartments at the time. The fire he's accused of setting did not affect his apartment.

At that time, he spoke to 27 NEWSFIRST about his frustration in trying to get out of his lease, due to all the fires.

Mitchell remains in custody, but a judge could decide to release him until his trial date later this summer.

He's scheduled to go on trial August 18.

If convicted, Mitchell could face up to 20 years in prison, and fines up to $250,000.

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