LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man who was charged with attempting to set fire to an Internet gaming cafe last year has received a suspended sentence in a plea arrangement.
Randy Lee Locklear, 21, of Long Branch Mobile Home Park at 8390 N.C. 72, pleaded guilty last week to attempted first-degree arson for setting a fire outside of Match Point Internet Cafe at 8424 N.C. 72 East in June. Locklear was sentenced to 20 to 36 months in prison, but it was suspended; he has to complete 30 months of supervised probation.
Lt. Brian Duckworth said that a review of surveillance tapes showed Locklear setting fire to the building’s exterior by using a cigarette lighter to ignite exposed wood. There were two employees and six customers in the building at the time. Locklear was reportedly upset after being told to leave the business..
Duckworth said Locklear received credit for the nine months he spent in jail.