Man pleads guilty to arson charge

Man pleads guilty to arson charge

March 1st, 2012 by Todd South in News

Phillip Mckinnley Tolbert

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

A 49-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges that he threw a Molotov cocktail at an East Ridge home last April.

Phillip Tolbert pleaded guilty to arson and faces a sentence of three to six years. He is in Hamilton County Jail on a $125,000 bond.

Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman will sentence Tolbert after the prosecutor and defense attorneys review a pre-sentencing investigation report, to be conducted in the coming weeks.

He originally faced charges of aggravated arson, possession of an explosive device and reckless endangerment, but the charges were reduced to arson and others dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

No one was injured in the April 4, 2011, incident. Occupants of the home told police that Tolbert had threatened to "burn down" the home earlier that day.