Angelina Co. motel arsonist pleads guilty

Charles Euper mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Charles Euper mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Zavalla man accused of setting fire to a Redland motel pleaded guilty to the crime on Tuesday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Charles Roy Euper Jr., 46, and Gilbert Sanders, set fire to American Motel in the early morning hours on Jan. 13.

A test in the room indicated a positive result for methampetamine.

Euper accepted a six-year prison sentence for the arson charge. He also accepted a concurrent eight-year sentence for a drug charge from June 2010, in which a deputy caught him transporting a meth lab in the back of a truck.]

Euper was arrested for the fourth drug charge in four years in an August incident.

Angelina County Sheriff's Inv. Tom Matthews said Sgt. Allen Hill spotted Euper, 56, loading several bags in the back of a truck around 10 a.m. and alerted Matthews.

Matthews said he intercepted the truck on U.S. 69 South, at the intersection of FM 326 and conducted a traffic stop for the driver (who was not Euper) not wearing a seatbelt.

Matthews said the driver gave Matthews permission to search the vehicle, not knowing Euper had placed the bags in the truck nor what was in the bags.

Matthews said the bags contained a complete meth lab, which Euper was hauling back to his residence.

A jury has been selected for Sanders' trial.

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