Man Pleads Guilty to Arson at Juneau Harbor

A 54-year-old man has pleaded guilty to setting a Juneau business on fire

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - A 54-year-old man has pleaded guilty to setting a Juneau business on fire.

James Lee Jespersen pleaded guilty Thursday to arson and faces up to 10 years in prison.
   
A fire late May 30, 2012, damaged Brick's Marine Electronics at Auke Bay. Prosecutors contend Jespersen was angry that owner Brick Lobaugh didn't repair his boat.
   
Lobaugh said after the incident that he charged Jespersen's boat battery but that Jespersen wanted repairs to the starter and alternator and didn't have money to pay.
   
Lobaugh's brother was sleeping inside the building but smelled smoke and escaped.
   
Jespersen was arrested on his boat shortly after the fire and has been jailed on $500,000 bail.
   
Jespersen listed his address as Sitka but said he lived on his boat.