Petal man pleads guilty to 2012 arson charge

Petal man pleads guilty to 2012 arson charge
Aqcuialius Dixon

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A Petal man has plead guilty in a 2012 arson case that destroyed a Petal home.

Aqcuialius Dixon, 31, was charged with arson in December 2012, in connection to a fire that destroyed a home on Waller Street in Petal.

"An accelerant was used and the extent of the damage caused to the home made it a total loss," said Petal Fire Department Logistics Chief Marion Sims.

Dixon pled guilty early this week to 2nd degree arson, which carries a penalty of no more than 10 years.

According to Sims, the fire was set around 7 p.m. on the evening of Nov. 10th 2012, and Dixon left the scene, which was a rental property at the time.

"It feels good to close a case, especially after it has been so long of a process," said Sims. "It gets closure for people who own the property as well.

According to Sims, an arson case is one of the hardest to prove.

Sims added that closing the case would not have been possible without work from both the fire and police investigators who helped in the investigation.

Dixon is expected to be sentenced in late February.