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Hazelwood man gets 21 years in prison for role in fatal fire

Hazelwood man gets 21 years in prison for role in fatal fire

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ST. LOUIS • A man convicted last month of starting a fatal fire at a Hazelwood apartment complex in 2012 was sentenced Monday to 21 years in prison, officials said.

Jeremy Henderson, 23, of the 5300 block of Ville Angela Lane in Hazelwood, was found guilty of first-degree arson and second-degree murder on Aug. 17 after a jury trial. A previous trial had ended in a mistrial.

Henderson was accused in the death of 48-year-old Mike Mansfield, who was killed in an apartment fire on Aug. 4, 2012.

The apartment building is at building at 5230 Villa Rosa Lane. Police say they got a tip that Henderson was involved. Henderson told police he served as a lookout while others poured gasoline in the apartment building's hallways and near the door of their intended victim.

Mansfield wasn't the target but it was not clear who was, court records say.

Henderson told police he saw one of the other people light a match and set the gasoline-soaked carpet on fire. The others involved in setting the blaze have not been identified.

Several other people, including an infant, were stranded on the third and highest floor of the 10-unit building until rescuers arrived.

Mansfield was a gas station attendant for his landlord and also cleaned fish tanks for an aquarium service company, his family has said.

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