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CHARLESTON -- A man accused of setting fire to the building that housed a Charleston tavern, and trying to kill a man inside the structure, pleaded guilty this afternoon to aggravated arson.

There was no agreement on sentencing in the case, and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 16. The mandatory sentence is between six and 30 years in prison.

Brian T. Griffin, 29, was accused of setting the Feb. 16, 2018, fire that destroyed the building housing Mother's tavern as well as second-floor apartments.

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Griffin, whose most recent address on record is an apartment at 1607 10th St., Charleston, was identified by police as the suspect about a week after the fire at 506 Monroe Ave., according to previous reports in the JG-TC.

Police have said the likely motive of the fire was because of an argument between Griffin and his wife and two men the day before the fire.

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