Jacksonville man pleaded guilty to murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- According to the State Attorney's Office, Jimmie Ray Jackson, Jr., 52, recently pleaded guilty to charges of murder in the second degree, first degree arson, and burglary to a dwelling with damage in excess of $1,000.

In September 2013, Jackson went into 61-year-old Cecil Hepler's home and set the home on fire.

Hepler was asleep at the time and was taken to the hospital for treatment by rescue personnel, but later died from smoke inhalation.

The investigation revealed that Jackson knew Hepler and knew where he lived. A few days prior to the incident, the Jackson had an argument with Hepler.

According to a release from the State Attorney's Office, Jackson set the home on fire because he was mad at the owner.

Jackson faces up to life in prison. He also has two prior arson convictions from Fort Worth, Texas, and Pinellas County.

Jackson will be sentenced the week of March 3.

Assistant State Attorney Alexis Anum prosecuted this case.


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