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.
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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.