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    Lucas Piper Pleads Guilty to Arson and Attempted Extreme Indifference Murder

    Lucas Jay Piper, DOB: 11-20-90, pled guilty today to setting fire to an occupied house in Lakewood in July, 2013. Piper pled guilty to one count of Attempted First Degree Murder – Extreme Indifference (F2) (naming nine people who were in the house); First Degree Arson (F3); and Conspiracy to Commit Arson (F4).

    At 5 a.m. on July 27, West Metro Fire was called to an active house fire at 12368 W. Viewpoint Drive in Lakewood. There were nine people inside the house. They all escaped without injury but the dwelling sustained moderate fire damage.

    Earlier in the evening most of the occupants had attended a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Following the concert, at around 1:00 a. m, the group returned to the house on W. Viewpoint Drive. Piper and his girlfriend, Rachel Lewin, also arrived at the house. Piper and Lewin knew the others only through mutual friends. A bonfire was lit in the back yard and one of the residents began to demonstrate his hobby of “fire twirling” for the group. Piper and two others were injured by the fire demonstration. Piper became very angry and left the house, saying that he was going to come back and burn the house down.

    Piper returned to the house shortly before 5:00 a.m. and, using an accelerant, lit fire to the residence.

    Investigators arrested Piper on July 30.

    Rachel Lewin was also arrested in this case and charged with Attempted First Degree Murder – Extreme Indifference and Arson. She has trial set in July.

    He remains in custody at the Jefferson County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. Sentencing has been set for May 13 at 2:00.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    April 4, 2014

    Piper Lucas

    Last Updated: 4-4-2014
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