A League City man Wednesday was sentenced to six years deferred probation for setting a palapa on fire in 2016 at a Bacliff business.

Dustin Lee Akin, 30, pleaded guilty to a charge of arson as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

Akin was arrested in 2016 after setting a $3,000 palapa on fire at Gulf Coast Palapas in Bacliff, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A palapa is a traditional Mexican shelter, typically roofed with palm fronds.

Witnesses told Galveston County Sheriff's Office deputies a man crashed his vehicle into a ditch in the 3000 block of state Highway 146, officials said. Bystanders then took the man's car keys, officials said.

Akin appeared highly intoxicated and had trouble maintaining balance when police arrived, according to the affidavit.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com



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