Two men were arrested and charged in connection with three separate arson incidents that took place in March, July and September in Yemassee.
Christopher Lamount Williams, 22, confessed to breaking into and setting fire to the Yemassee Econo Lodge in September, according Thom Berry, a State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesman. Williams also confessed to setting fires and burglarizing a mobile home and the Old Country Kitchen Restaurant with accomplice Dominique Jarell Thompson, 21.
Williams has been charged with three counts of third degree arson, two counts of conspiracy and two counts of third degree burglary, Berry said. He faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted.
Thompson has been charged with two counts of third degree arson, two counts of conspiracy and third degree burglary, Berry said. If convicted, he faces up to 45 years in prison.