Joshua Cox of Mammoth Spring was sentenced to serve seven years in the Department of Correction after negotiating a no-contest plea to felony arson charges Feb. 5.
The 27-year-old's conviction stems from a March 2006 incident in which Cox attempted to set fire to the home of his then girlfriend -- Denise Pawloski.
March 17 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Pawloski telephoned the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, saying that her home was on fire, according to official reports.
The Salem Fire Department arrived at 12:34 a.m. and were able to contain the blaze to one room.
The investigation that followed revealed that the fire was intentionally started in Pawloski's bedroom closet. Authorities also learned that Pawloski's sister, Terri Golding, had seen Cox crawl into the residence through a back window and exit through the front door minutes before the fire was discovererd.
Immediately authorities issued a warrant for Cox's arrest. Peoria County authorities arrested Cox March 22 at a Caterpillar plant in Mossville, Ill.
Fulton County deputies brought him back to Arkansas, where he was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center. In May he was returned to the Fulton County Jail after being uncooperative and damaging surveillance equipment in his jail cell.
Cox is the brother of Shaun Cox, who attracted national attention when he jumped over a fence onto the White House lawn in pursuit of Chelsea Clinton in December 2005.