LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge sentenced a 28-year-old Lufkin man to 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for torching his girlfriend's bed and then telling her about it as he walked out the door in 2012.
Tristan Ballard appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing. Back in June, he pleaded guilty to a felony arson charge.
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.