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Raceland man pleads guilty to four arson charges

Raceland man pleads guilty to four arson charges

A Raceland man pled guilty to four arson charges Tuesday prior to the beginning of his felony jury trial.

Treiston Pierron, 33, was charged with three counts of simple arson for setting a fire to a residence at 156 Hyland Drive in Gheens on July 4 last year. The fire consumed that structure, and destroyed the two neighboring houses as well.

Additionally, Pierron was charged with one count of aggravated arson after setting an intentional fire at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center while incarcerated there.

“It is tragic that three families have lost their homes because of the conduct of this man,” said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant, II. “But we are certainly thankful that no one was injured by his acts.”

Assistant District Attorney Jason Chatagnier prosecuted the case. Pierron was sentenced to ten years in prison on all four counts, which were ordered to run concurrently.

The case was investigated by the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. The evidence against Pierron included not only the forensic analysis conducted by the fire marshall, but the testimony of neighbors who observed Pierron arrive and depart the scene by motorcycle shortly before the fire was observed.

Additionally, surveillance video captured the suspect arriving at the scene by motorcycle, and firing what appeared to be roman candles at the house. Witnesses also stated that Pierron appeared to be intoxicated before the fires.

Pierron had denied any involvement in the Gheens fire, but acknowledged that he travelled by motorcycle.