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Man Pleads Guilty In Fire That Killed Mich. Girl

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A man who intentionally set a house fire that killed an 8-year-old Battle Creek girl has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports Jesse Tatum faces a long prison term when sentenced Jan. 6. Monday's plea came a day before trial. The 25-year-old was charged with felony murder and arson in the November 2012 death of Karrina Johnson.

Tatum told the court he poured gas on a couch on porch and set it ablaze. He said he didn't think children were at home after knocking on the door.

The girl died at a hospital after a firefighter pulled her from the burning home. Two of her siblings escaped by jumping from a second-floor window.

Officials say the fire followed an argument between Tatum and Karrina's mother.

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