Lawrence Knight. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction photo)
Lawrence Knight. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction photo)
A Lynchburg man was sentenced to 13 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated arson.

As previously reported, Lawrence Wayne “Butch” Knight, 51, was indicted in September on three counts of aggravated arson — two first-degree felonies and one second-degree felony — in connection with a “fire or explosion” in Lynchburg in July.

According to the indictment, on or about July 18, Knight “did by means of fire or explosion, knowingly create a substantial risk of serious physical harm” to two separate victims, leading to the first-degree felony counts. It is also alleged that Knight “did by means of fire or explosion, knowingly cause physical harm” to two occupied apartments in Lynchburg.

The bill of particulars alleged that Knight “had been fighting” with one of the victims and was watching the victims through an apartment window when he “used a lighter” to set their porch furniture on fire.

“This caused the entire building to become engulfed,” the bill of particulars says.

According to the bill of particulars, the victims “barely made it out of the home,” and a dog was killed.

Court records show that Knight pleaded guilty to all three charges of the indictment earlier this month. Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss sentenced Knight to a definite determinate term of 13 years in prison, with jail time credit of 49 days. Under the Reagan Tokes Law, that sentence could be up to 15 and a half years.

Knight will also be required to register as an arson offender.

Knight was admitted into the Correctional Reception Center in Orient on Nov. 10, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.