CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A 34-year-old Groveton man pleaded guilty to felony charges of burglary and arson earlier this month for setting a Crockett woman's house on fire after he tried to get "favors" from her at knifepoint in December 2012.
With the plea deal, Dexture Detrone Phipps accepted a 50-year prison sentence. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
According to a report, after she managed to escape, the woman reported the attempted assault to the Houston County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 4. She told law enforcement officials that Phipps had come into her home without permission, pulled a knife on her, and demand "favors."
After the woman managed to escape, she reported the attempted assault to the Houston County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 4, 2012. While she was reporting the crime, Phipps started a fire at her home, which was located in the 1200 block of County Road 4555.
Although firefighters from two departments responded to the fire, the home was fully engulfed in flames when they got there. As a result, the woman's home was destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze.
"According to a family member that lives nearby, [the victim] was able to escape from this house and call authorities, in that time Phipps returned to her home, broke in, and set the house on fire," Sheriff Darrell Bobbitt said in a previous East Texas News story.
Bobbitt said the woman literally saw Phipps in her rearview mirror as she drove away from her home. At the time, she didn't know about the fire that had been started at her house.
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