Plea deal in Craven County arson fire

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A man with an extensive criminal history is headed back to jail after pleading guilty to arson charges.

Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas says 38 year old Timothy Lail of Vanceboro was given between 6 and over 8 years in prison after making that plea.

The case dates back to July 20th of last year when an unoccupied home on Craven Farms Road was set on fire.

Witnesses saw a red four wheeler leaving the area and a tip was later received that Lail may be the suspect. Lail was later spotted on a red four wheeler and taken into custody.

Investigators say Lail admitted to setting the fire using garbage and other debris and says he did it because he was upset at the property owner for evicting another former resident. The crime was also captured on his cell phone.

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Authorities say a fire that heavily damaged a home early this morning in one Eastern Carolina county is suspicious.

Craven County firefighters were called to the home on Craven Farms Road outside of Vanceboro around 1:30 a.m.

Assistant Emergency Services Director Ira Whitford says the fire looks like it was intentionally set and that the Craven County Sheriff's Office has joined in on the investigation.

The home is owned by James Williford and the people who lived there had recently moved out, according to Whitford.

No one was injured in the blaze and firefighters from two departments were there until just before 6:00 a.m.