CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. | A Cape Girardeau man faces up to 15 years in prison for setting fire to a local law firm that represented his ex-wife.
Jeffrey Mirgeaux pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree arson in court in Poplar Bluff.
The charges stemmed from a fire July 4 at Lowes and Drusch law firm in Cape Girardeau.
The 48-year-old admitted he scaled the roof of the law firm, bored a hole through the flat surface and poured gasoline down the hole, then used a spark from his drill to ignite the fire.
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He said in court Thursday he had been drinking at the time and was bitter at the firm because they represented his ex-wife in a child custody dispute.
The sabotage caused a "flash fire" that burned out quickly and caused about $2,886 worth of damage to the building.