Booking photo for Kip Dee Wilson. (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)
LOGAN — A 41-year-old Lewiston man has confessed to trying to start his family’s home on fire. Kip D. Wilson accepted a plea deal and will now await sentencing.
Wilson participated in a virtual hearing in 1st District Court, appearing by web conference Wednesday morning. He pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated arson and possession or use of a controlled substance, both amended to third-degree felonies; along with possession or use of a weapon by a restricted person, a class A misdemeanor.
On February 20, fire fighters and law enforcement responded to a house fire near 900 N. 800 West in Lewiston. One of the residents had called 911, explaining their son had started a fire in the home’s bathroom. Flames were reported to be coming from underneath the door.
Cache County Sheriff’s deputies found Wilson had locked himself in the bathroom of his parent’s residence and started the blaze. He was later discovered at a neighbor’s home after jumping through a window.
Three other occupants were inside the home at the time the fire was reported. They were all able to evacuate without any injuries.
Wilson told deputies he was trying to see if he could fly. He was determined to be under the influence of drugs and was unable to hold still during questioning.
Fire fighters reported the small fire was contained to the bathroom. When deputies were able to enter, they found several burnt items and the broken window.
Wilson spoke briefly during Wednesday’s hearing, telling the court he wished to waive his rights to a fair trial and admit to the crimes. He has been in jail since being arrested, held without bail. He was ordered to appear again in court for sentencing June 29, when he could face to up to five years in prison.