Man charged with arson pleads guilty, but mentally ill

News StaffJanuary 21, 2022News
Man charged with arson pleads guilty, but mentally ill

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man pleads guilty but mentally ill in connection with a number of fires he allegedly set.

On Thursday, 69-year-old Raymond Andrzejewski pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Seventh Circuit Court to one count of first-degree arson, a Class 2 felony, and one count of second-degree arson for starting fires near the West Boulevard neighborhood between December 2020 and January 2021.

A competency evaluation performed by a local doctor found the man suffered from mental illness. The report states the defendant was abusing opioids he originally used for pain management at the time, and that his addiction contributed to the incidents.

Andrzejewski’s sentencing date is set for March 11.