HELENA-An inmate at the Lewis and Clark County Jail charged with deliberate homicide admits to lighting a fire in his cell.

Firefighters were called to the Lewis and Clark County Jail on Sunday to a report of heavy smoke in the facility.

Detention officers said Austin Kroll-McLaughlin used a paper clip and battery to start a fire in his cell.

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Kroll told Justice of the Peace Mike Swingly that he lit the fire.

He was given a ten-day sentence with 5-days suspended and told the judge he’d been experiencing some mental distress.

Kroll is accused of shooting and killing Ryan Eakin on July 7.

He is scheduled to be arraigned later this week on the homicide charge.

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Reporter: Dennis Carlson

 

 

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