Forrest County arsonist headed to jail

A Forrest County man will spend the next 10 years in jail after being sentenced on three counts of arson, two of them in the first degree.

Earl Ray Peters, 40, entered a plea of guilty on all three counts before Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich. Peters admitted to setting fires at an apartment complex and a home in Petal back in June of last year as well as a brush fire in Petal in April.

The court ordered Peters to be evaluated for any mental problems, and once released, Peters could face an additional 22 years if he doesn't follow court orders.