A 61-year-old Goldsboro man pleaded guilty to first-degree arson for setting a house on fire with two people inside.
Superior Court Judge Cynthia Sturges sentenced Milford Keith Bass, of West Grantham Street, to 60 months minimum to 84 months maximum in prison after he pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior Court on Wednesday for the 2018 fire.
In addition to accepting the plea, the court dismissed two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree arson.
Sturges also ordered Bass to pay $900 in attorney fees among other court costs.
Goldsboro police arrested Bass after he reportedly told police he set fire on Feb. 23, 2018, to a house and storage unit at 416 Murray St. using an “incinerator product,” which was identified as gasoline in a Goldsboro Police Department search warrant. Bass flagged down police shortly after 8 p.m. that night and admitted to setting the home on fire, police said.
Two residents, Robin Sanders and Fitz Lane, were inside the home when Bass set the fire, according to police reports.
Emergency Medical Services personnel on the scene took Sanders, who lived at the residence, to Wayne UNC Health Care for burns and later to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
Police arrested and charged Bass with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, one felony count of first-degree arson and one felony count of second-degree arson.
Prior to his arrest, Bass had one assault with a deadly weapon conviction from July 2005 and four driving while impaired convictions, according to court documents.