Man Admits Arsons in Mark Twain National Forest, Assault of Forest Service Employee

CAPE GIRARDEAU – A man from Iron County, Mo., on March 21 admitted to committing an October crime spree that included arsons in the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF) in Missouri and the assault of a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer.

Lucas G. Henson, 37, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. to three counts: assaulting a law enforcement officer, arson and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Henson admitted that after being charged with stealing and drug offenses last year, he was out on bond when he stole a Ford van on Oct. 22, 2022, from Patriot Rentals near Poplar Bluff, Mo., before abandoning it when it ran out of gas.

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