LOGAN, Utah — A 34-year-old Cedar City man who pleaded guilty to starting his mother’s Nibley house on fire is facing a minimum of five years and up to life in prison.
Christopher Lescoe appeared in 1st District Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a violation of a protective order in an unrelated case after a March 3 incident that included a dispute with a family member and a hit-and-run crash in Logan before he barricaded himself in the home in Nibley.
Lescoe was highly emotional when he went over the charges and the potential consequences with Judge Thomas Willmore, but he did not waver when he said “I am guilty.”
Sentencing has been set for Aug. 12.
According to court records, Lescoe was suicidal and highly intoxicated when he engaged in a dispute with his brother, and police say the two fought over a gun while Lescoe was yelling at his brother to shoot and kill him.
When police converged on the home in response to the dispute, Lescoe entered his mother’s residence and barricaded himself inside, the court records state.
Soon after that, Lescoe started the house on fire in what a detective with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office calls an attempted suicide, although Lescoe eventually left the burning structure.
He was transferred to a local hospital that night and booked into the Cache County Jail on his release.