well folks lets see how light of a sentence the old family money,good ol boys of lamar county get him.i'm sure they will make it sound like its such a good deal for the community.while forgetting the danger he put law enforcement,firemen,EMT's, Ect..in.also putting all those people that worked at the light house out of work.trying to ripoff the insurance co.
I was an employee of the Lighthouse and had the pleasure of working with Stephen Brehaut and family. I have read the comments that people post for the last year I just couldn't keep quiet any longer people are so cruel! For Lamar co. to be a close community full of Christians I am ashamed to say I was raised there. My father was a minister and a judge there and I'm not sure how the people commenting were raised at but I was brought up in a Barnesville that was a giving and supportive community I was raised in to always give encouragement not to knock someone down when they were at a low point in life and not to believe everything you read. CORRECTION needs to be made- Stephen has never confessed to starting a fire for insurance money. I have not once turned my back on him and will not. He was a caring wonderful boss and still a true friend of mine. I do realize Lamar co is full of busy bodies and gossipers. I am so glad there are people on here that are without faults!
While I appreciate how difficult it is to see someone you know in trouble, but truthfully he is pleading guilty and it is reported he confessed. Even if you say he did not confess, why would he plead guilty if he didn't do it? If I were in the same position, but was innocent I would not confess nor plead guilty even if it meant a lighter sentence (that demonstrates a lack of integrity).
As has been said, he put a lot of people in danger by setting the fire and cost a lot of taxpayer money. He may have otherwise been a nice person and a great employer, but that doesn't take away from the things which he is pleading guilty to and reportedly confessed to.
Barnesville is still a supportive community. However, patting people on the back for committing crimes is not my interpretation of being supportive. If you want to be supportive, encourage Stephen Neal Brehaut to make better choices in the future.