Waterloo man pleads guilty to setting father’s house on fire

October 23, 2019

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man has pleaded guilty to setting his father’s house on fire this summer after the two argued.

The Courier reports that 23-year-old Austin Dean Poyner pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of second-degree arson. He had been charged with first-degree arson after investigators say he used two cups of gasoline in August to light a cardboard box on his father’s back porch afire.

Police say Poyner’s actions followed an argument with his father on Aug. 5, in which his father is accused of punching Poyner. Police say Poyner used a garden hose to douse the flames as soon as he started the fire.

Poyner’s father, Jason Dean Poyner, faces a domestic assault trial in November.

Austin Poyner faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced at a later date.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com