Man pleads guilty to arson at former Koneta Hotel in Auglaize County

Credit: Coutesy of iWitness7 reporter Jim Beste Jr.

A man accused of setting fire to the former Koneta Hotel in downtown Wapakoneta has now admitted his guilt.

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Wesley Michael Slaughter, 20, changed his plea from not guilty by reason of insanity and on June 18 was convicted of five counts of aggravated arson in the Dec. 23, 2018, apartment fire at 1 Perry St., court documents show.

Wesley Michael Slaughter
Wesley Michael Slaughter

The fire destroyed the building of which Slaughter was a tenant and displaced dozens of residents. No one was injured in the fire, but what remained of the structure was demolished.

Slaughter is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 20 in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court. He could face up to 19 years in prison.