Gregory Henry McClain, being held on an charge that he tried to murder a fellow resident at a Holly Springs group home in 2009, was charged Wednesday with setting a fire inside the state's Central Prison in August.
McClain was being held at the prison at the time, and he remains there, according to a magistrate who set bail at $250,000 for the arson charge and noted McClain’s bail already was $1.5 million.
The warrant was taken out by State Capitol Police and charged McClain with first-degree arson because the prison is occupied.
Police said the fire was set Aug. 6. They did not indicate it did any damage.
McClain was arrested Feb. 6, 2009, and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Holly Springs police charged that McClain had tried to suffocate Stephan Abreu, 48, and then stabbed him 22 times with a screwdriver.
Both lived at a group home for adults with mental illnesses in the Windcrest subdivision.
State inspectors shut down the home in a single-family house a few days after Abreu was attacked.