According to court records, 53-year-old Jonathan Beam, of Washington, Iowa, recently pleaded guilty to the charge.
Authorities say Beam set his home on fire on Oct. 1. The home sits across the street from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the county jail. No injuries were reported.
Beam was arrested in southeast Nebraska’s Thayer County that same week.
Police say receipts in Beam’s car showed he bought gas, flares and a torch the morning of the fire.