Thursday, October 15, 2020

Sallisaw Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Arson

Felicia Nicholl Bargar

A Sallisaw woman pleaded not guilty Oct. 7 to felony charges of second-degree arson and endangering human life during arson, court records show.

Felicia Nicholl Bargar, 32, faces up to 35 years and/or a fine of up to $25,000 on the arson charge. She is looking at a seven-year sentence on the second charge. Her next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 2.

On Oct. 3, a Sallisaw police officer was informed of a possible arson at Fullbright Trailer Park. Witnesses at the scene said they saw Bargar fleeing from the fire.

A neighbor told police that Bargar had come to her house and stated to her: “Something bad was going to happen tonight.” Bargar also told the witness to call the fire department. The woman also noted that Bargar smelled strongly of alcohol.

The mother of the homeowner told police she saw smoke coming from her son’s trailer, so she ran to make sure Bargar was not inside the trailer house. When she arrived, however, the woman discovered Bargar sitting in the middle of the road laughing. When asked why, she reportedly said “Because let it burn, let, let it burn. I did it. I set the trailer on fire.”

Bargar then reportedly fled the scene on foot.

Later, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that Bargar was walking from the VFW. Two officers spotted an intoxicated Bargar sitting on a front porch of a home near the VFW.

Once Bargar was taken to the police station, she admitted to having drunk at least a full pint of whiskey the day the fire occurred. She said the fire started near the breaker panel and she went to the neighbor and asked them to call the fire department.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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