LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 27-year-old Lufkin man who torched his girlfriend 's bed and then told her about it as he was walking out of the house in May 2012 pleaded guilty to a felony charge of arson Thursday.
Tristan Ballard appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to the arson charge. He will return to court for his sentencing following a pre-sentencing investigation.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the incident occurred on May 9, 2012 in the 400 block of Lazy Oaks Street.
Ballard's girlfriend told police that Ballard poured gasoline on a bed and the clothes which were on it. He then used a lighter to ignite the bed and the clothes, walked into the living room, and told his girlfriend that her bed was on fire. He then left the house.
The woman managed to extinguish the fire and throw the clothes outside.
When Lufkin Police officers managed to track Ballard down, he confessed to burning the bed. He was arrested on an arson charge.
Officers managed to track down Ballard and say he confessed to burning the bed.