Crime & Public Safety

Ridgeland man sentenced for 2013 arson

A 32-year-old Ridgeland man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for setting a Hampton County apartment building on fire last year after a fight with his girlfriend.

Andre Green was found guilty of second-degree burglary, third-degree arson, three counts of malicious injury to personal property and one count of injury to real property in connection with the arson at Varnville Area Housing Apartments in Varnville, according to a news release from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office

Green broke into his girlfriend's apartment and set it on fire Aug. 2 after the two fought in her car and she left him by the roadside, the release said.

A friend picked up Green and drove him to his girlfriend's apartment, unaware of his intentions, while Green's girlfriend reported her altercation in the car with Green to the Ridgeland Police Department, according to the release.

The fire consumed four apartments, causing more than $360,000 in damage, according to the release. The apartments are owned by the Varnville Housing Authority, which has rebuilt the building and plans to reopen it soon.

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