Rochester man faces property damage, arson charges after allegedly setting fire in jail cell

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(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester man incarcerated at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center faces new charges of felony 1st-degree property damage and 3rd-degree arson after allegedly setting a fire in one cell and breaking the windows of another holding area Saturday night.

Devon Sackett, 45, was initially arrested on charges of assaulting a peace officer, criminal sexual conduct, and disorderly conduct in May of 2021.

He was arrested on a warrant in April of 2022 and Capt. James Schueller with the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center said he made terroristic threats against two ADC staff members, resulting in further charges.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Sackett allegedly obtained a paper clip and arced it into an outlet in an intake segregation cell at the ADC, causing a fire.

When Sackett was moved into a booking seclusion cell, he allegedly broke the heads off of sprinklers on the ceiling and used them to break the 1/2-inch-thick plexiglass barrier between the cell and booking area.

Schueller said Sackett will likely face further property damage charges related to water damage from the sprinklers and the broken plexiglass.