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Man guilty of arson fire that destroyed former girlfriend’s Overland Park home

Glen Edward Hatchel pleaded guilty to setting fire to his former girlfriend’s Overland Park house.
Glen Edward Hatchel pleaded guilty to setting fire to his former girlfriend’s Overland Park house.

A 38-year-old man has pleaded guilty to setting a fire that destroyed his former girlfriend’s house in Overland Park.

Glen Edward Hatchel admitted to setting a fire that destroyed the house last October in the 16500 block of Metcalf Avenue.

Hatchel, who formerly lived with the woman, pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to two counts of arson.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated intimidation of a witness and tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

Ten days before the fire, Hatchel was charged with aggravated battery against the woman and breaking her cellphone when she tired to call for help.

She obtained a court order of protection from Hatchel, saying he choked her and tried to kill her, according to court documents.

He posted bond and was released from jail on Sept. 29. As a condition of bond, he was placed on house arrest with a GPS monitor.

But immediately after he was released, he removed the monitor, left the residence where he was staying in Kansas City, Kan., and walked to Overland Park.

The woman had left the area and was not home when Hatchel broke into her house and set the fire. He also set fire to a shed in the yard.

As part of the plea agreement, attorneys will recommend a sentence of four years in prison. Sentencing for Hatchel was scheduled for March 21.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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