TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Robert Timon Lovett (50, Bradenton) to five years in prison for arson.
Lovett had pleaded guilty on September 29, 2021.
According to court documents, on three consecutive dates in 2020 (December 25, 26 and 27), Lovett started a fire at a Publix store in Bradenton, Florida. On December 26 and 27, Lovett actually walked into the store and bought the lighter fluid he used to start the fires, which he lit while the store was open. The fire, which he set on December 26, caused significant heat damage to the back of the store.
Law enforcement officers arrested Lovett on December 28, 2020, when he returned to the same Publix and again purchased lighter fluid. In a statement to law enforcement, Lovett admitted to having started the fires on each of the three previous days.