BISMARCK, N.D. - A Bismarck man accused of starting a fire at Washington Courts in Bismarck pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday.
Forty-five-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez told police he started the fire accidentally with a cigarette in June.
But, detectives say they found lighter fluid and a butane lighter inside Rodriguez's backpack.
It displaced more than a dozen people from their apartments.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty on Friday to a lesser charge of wreckless endangerment.
He was originally charged with arson.
Rodriguez was given a three year suspended sentence, 254 days of time served and will be on probation for 18 months.