23-year-old sentenced 5 years for arson in Woonsocket mill

Jacob Lahousse (Rhode Island's Most Wanted)

PROVIDENCE R.I. (WLNE) — A Woonsocket man was sentenced to five years in a federal prison Monday for intentionally setting fires to a Woonsocket mill building.

Jacob Lahousse, 23, received the sentence Monday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of arson in September.

According to prosecutors, Lahousse admitted to setting three fires inside the building that contained several housing units and two businesses in 2019.

Lahousse was also found in possession of two checkbooks that belonged to a business owner that resided inside the building upon his initial arrest.

Video surveillance from the night of the fire shows Lahousse walking around the inside of building, collecting various items and placing them into bags. Two hours after entering the building, Lahousse is seen on surveillance video destroying several video surveillance cameras.

In addition to the sentencing, the court ordered Lahousse pay $333,333 in restitution for the damages he caused .


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