FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A 42-year-old homeless man has pleaded guilty arson charged for throwing Molotov cocktails at the door of State Senator Wendy Davis’ office two years ago.
Cedric Carmond Steele entered the guilty plea on Monday in state district Judge Ruben Gonzalez’s court and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Steele, who has a history of mental illness, lit and threw a bag with six Molotov cocktails toward an outer door of Davis’ third-floor state office building in the 2400 block of West 7th Street on March 20, 2012.
No one was hurt, thanks to the quick action of an employee who grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire. Davis was not in the building at the time.
“As we do with all victims, I conferred with Senator Davis prior to taking this plea,” said Deputy Chief District Attorney Jack Strickland. “Senator Davis was in agreement with the dis- position of this case. I was especially concerned with the gravity of this offense, given the public’s justifiable concern with at- tacks on and threats to public servants in this country.”
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