Lexington man enters plea to Clark County attempted arson

May 16, 2013 

A Lexington man will serve 180 days after he entered a plea to attempted arson and attempted receiving stolen property Wednesday afternoon.

Clifford Beasley Jr., 37, entered an Alford plea to both charges after he allegedly set fire to a stolen car in February. His co-defendant, Charles Speake, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 29 for third-degree arson and receiving stolen property charges as well.

In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence to convict him.

According to court documents, the two were charged for possessing a stolen car from Fayette County and setting it on fire in Clark County on Feb. 5. An off-duty Lexington Police officer saw two cars parked on the side of a road with an odd light coming from the back seat of one vehicle. As the officer tried to turn around, he saw the second vehicle, with two men inside, leaving the scene and heading toward Fayette County on Combs Ferry Road.

The burning car had been reported stolen from Fayette County previously. Lexington Police officers stopped the two men in Fayette County and found the key for the stolen car.

Beasley was also ordered to pay $9,700 in restitution with Speake as part of the plea agreement.

Contact Fred Petke at fpetke@winchestersun.com or follow him on Twitter, @fredpetkenews.

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