By Walter Geiger
The man charged with setting fire to his family’s iconic seafood restaurant, the Lighthouse, pleaded guilty in Lamar superior court Thursday.
Stephen Neal Brehaut, 39, entered guilty pleas to first degree arson and insurance fraud. He admitted setting the fire and trying to profit from insurance proceeds.
Investigator Mark Barry of the Lamar County sheriff’s office confirmed Brehaut was captured setting the restaurant ablaze June 10, 2012 on his own security camera system. “The video showed him trying to set the fire four times. The fourth time it went up,” Barry testified.
Natalie Nicholson, who worked some 28 years as a waitress at the Lighthouse, spoke of the impact the fire had on her life and income-earning ability during Thursday’s sentencing. Looking on are defendant Stephen Brehaut and his sister, Elizabeth Brehaut. (Photo: Walter Geiger)