Fire Setter Gets Prison Term

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A man who admitted setting a fire that devastated downtown Elizabeth will spend up to 60 years in prison.

Willie Trembly Junior of Wirt County pleaded guilty in May to three counts of second-degree arson, one count of breaking and entering and two counts of causing injury through arson.

Investigators say Trembly and Jerod Ray Evans set the fire on June 14th, 2006, to cover up a break-in at Roberts Hardware. The wooden building, which dated to 1876, was destroyed, along with two other buildings. Two houses, a bank and a church were extensively damaged. Two firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze.

The 20-year-old Trembly was sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison on each arson charge, ten years on each charge of causing injury through arson and one to ten years on the breaking and charge. The sentences are to run consecutively.

Evans is scheduled to be sentenced August Seventh.

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