Missouri man gets prison sentence for assault, arson

CAPE GIRARDEAU – U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. on June 28 sentenced a man who committed arsons in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri and assaulted a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer to 12.5 years in prison.

Limbaugh also ordered Lucas G. Henson, 37, of Iron County, Mo., to pay the U.S. Forest Service about $7,200 for the cost of fighting the fires he set.

Henson was out on bond after being charged with stealing and drug offenses when he stole a Ford van on Oct. 22, 2022. near Poplar Bluff, Mo. 

Henson abandoned the van when it ran out of gas. Later that day, he broke into a camper and stole items from it. 

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