Michigan Jail Inmate Sentenced in Arson Solicitation Case

June 26, 2012

A Livingston County, Mich., jail inmate who authorities say tried to get a fellow prisoner to burn down his home has been sentenced to up to five years behind bars.

WHMI-FM and the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell report 31-year-old Jeremy Wilds of Iosco Township received the punishment on Thursday.

Wilds apologized in court, saying he’s “learned from this.” He earlier pleaded guilty to an arson-related charge.

A former inmate said that Wilds, who was jailed in an assault and domestic violence case, offered him $50,000 to burn down his home last year before his pending divorce from his wife. The inmate said Wilds claimed payment would come from a $250,000 insurance policy on the home.

The inmate also said Wilds drew a map of the property.

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