A 50-year-old man has admitted to setting two abandoned homes on fire last summer in Inuvik, N.W.T.

Mike Patrick McLaughlin was initially charged with arson in connection with the fires on July 20 and 22.

As part of a plea bargain on Monday, he's been convicted of mischief causing damage over $5,000.

In an agreed statement of facts, McLaughlin said he was highly intoxicated at the time he set the fires, and taking medication.

He said he believed he was doing the town a favour by torching the houses.

His lawyer says sewage was leaking from the Inuit Road townhouses and they were being used for drinking parties.

The town's volunteer fire department put out both fires.

Lawyers for both sides agreed that one year in jail plus probation is an appropriate penalty.

The judge will sentence McLaughlin on Wednesday.