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UPDATE: Man Sentenced to Life for Fire at State Police Post

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 7/31/13
LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- A Meadow Bridge man convicted of torching vehicles at a West Virginia State Police barracks has been sentenced to life in prison.

David Clayton White, 48, was convicted on arson, retaliation and conspiracy charges in February.

A separate jury later found that White is a habitual criminal, which requires a life sentence.

White was sentenced Tuesday in Greenbrier County Circuit Court.

In addition to the life sentence, White was sentenced to a minimum of more than 40 years on the other charges.

The December 2011 fires at the State Police's Rainelle detachment destroyed two State Police vehicles and several others that had been seized.

White is among five people who were charged following the fires.



UPDATE 5/29/13 @ 9:50 a.m.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- Charges have been dropped against a woman accused of participating in the torching of several vehicles at a West Virginia State Police barracks.

A Greenbrier County grand jury indicted 33-year-old Jennifer Lynn White of Meadow Bridge in September 2012 on conspiracy charges stemming from the 2011 fires at the State Police's detachment in Rainelle.

The Associated Press reports that Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Joseph C. Pomponio Jr. granted the prosecution's request to drop the charges on Tuesday.

White's husband, 48-year-old David Clayton White, was convicted on arson, retaliation and conspiracy charges in February.

The Whites are among five people who were charged following the fires.

The fires destroyed two State Police vehicles and several others that had been seized.



UPDATE 5/22/13 @ 11 a.m.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- Greenbrier County's prosecutor is seeking a life sentence for a man convicted of torching several vehicles at a West Virginia State Police barracks.

Prosecutor Patrick Via says in a court filing that 48-year-old David Clayton White of Meadow Bridge has two prior felony convictions.

West Virginia's recividism law allows prosecutors to seek a sentence enhancement against people convicted of repeated felonies.

The Register-Herald reports that a hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Greenbrier County Circuit Court to determine whether White is a recividist.

White is one of five people charged following the 2011 fires at the State Police's Rainelle detachment. The fires destroyed two State Police vehicles and several others that had been seized.

White was convicted on arson, retaliation and conspiracy charges in February.



UPDATE 2/5/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
RAINELLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Fayette County man was found guilty Tuesday for his role in a fire that burned five vehicles at the West Virginia State Police barracks in Rainelle in December 2011.

David Clayton White, 48, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va., was convicted of nine counts of retaliation, eight counts of third-degree arson, one count of second-degree arson and three counts of conspiracy.

The trial involved the arson of seized vehicles and two State Police vehicles on the Rainelle Detachment parking lot in the early morning hours of Dec. 15, 2011.

Also, as a result of the investigation, Ray Goff and Nicholas White accepted plea agreements for their involvement in the crime and agreed to testify as state witnesses during White’s trial.



UPDATE 9/21/12 @ 4:30 p.m.
RAINELLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Five people have been indicted in connection with a fire that burned five vehicles at the W.Va. State Police barracks in Rainelle this past December.

According to a release from the Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney, a multi-count indictment was returned during a special session of the Grand Jury on September 20.

Below is a list of those indicted and the charges they are facing:
Ray L. Goff, 29, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va.

  • Arson in the Second Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Second Degree
  • Arson in the Third Degree (7 counts)
  • Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees (9 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Third Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees
    David Clayton White, 48, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va.
  • Arson in the Second Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Second Degree
  • Arson in the Third Degree (8 counts)
  • Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees (9 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Third Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees
    Nicholas Michael White, 23, of Danese, W.Va.
  • Arson in the Second Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Second Degree
  • Arson in the Third Degree (8 counts)
  • Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees (9 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Third Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees
    Joshua Emmanuel Redden, 26, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va.
  • Arson in the Second Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Second Degree
  • Arson in the Third Degree (8 counts)
  • Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees (9 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Third Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees
    Jennifer Lynn White, 32, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va.
    Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Second Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the Third Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Intimidation of and Retaliation Against Public Officers and Employees

    A series of explosions rocked the small town of Rainelle, in Greenbrier County, after four vehicles caught fire behind the West Virginia State Police barracks.

    “These matters have been treated with extraordinary importance by our office as the acts alleged represent serious threats to the security of our community. These allegations include unlawful retaliatory acts against the West Virginia State Police for the performance of official duties. Law enforcement officers, including the West Virginia State Police, are duty-bound to protect the citizens that they serve, and we must act to provide protection for them against alleged retaliation for their service,” stated Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Via. “The indictment only represents certain charges and allegations against the defendants, and each of the defendants are entitled to the Constitutionally protected presumption of innocence.”

    State Police say three of the vehicles were part of an ongoing investigation, while the other two were belonged to the West Virginia State Police. The fire happened in the early morning hours on December 15.



    UPDATE 12/19/11 @ 2:30 p.m.
    RAINELLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Five people have been arrested in connection with a fire that burned five vehicles at the W.Va. State Police barracks in Rainelle last week.

    On Monday, troopers arrested David White, 47 of Meadow Bridge, Joshua Redden, 26, of Meadow Bridge, And Nicholas White, 22, of Danese.

    Each man is charged with one count of 2nd degree Arson, eight counts of 3rd degree arson, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

    Jennifer White, 32, the wife of David White, and Floyd White, 56 of Danese are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

    State Police say three of the vehicles were part of an ongoing investigation, while the other two were belonged to the West Virginia State Police. The fire happened in the early morning hours on December 15.



    UPDATE 12/15/11 @ 1:15 p.m.
    RAINELLE, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities say no one was injured when several vehicles caught fire and exploded on a parking lot behind the West Virginia State Police detachment in Rainelle.

    State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous says evidence found at the scene indicates the fire was intentionally set.

    Baylous says no one was at the detachment when the fire was reported at 1:05 a.m. Thursday. When troopers arrived, five vehicles were engulfed by fire, including a marked cruiser.

    Rainelle Fire Chief Shawn Wolford says several other vehicles on the lot and the barracks sustained heat damage.

    Wolford says he was awakened by one of the explosions. He lives about three-quarters of a mile from the barracks.

    The State Police and the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.



    ORIGINAL STORY 12/15/11 @ 3:57 a.m.
    RAINELLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A series of explosions rocked the small town of Rainelle, in Greenbrier County, overnight after firefighters say four vehicles caught fire behind the W.Va. State Police barracks.

    It happened just after 1 a.m. Thursday.

    The Rainelle Fire Chief tells WSAZ.com the fires were likely set. He says the explosions came from the fuel tanks on the cars igniting.

    A State Police cruiser was one of the vehicles that burned.

    The State Police building also had some minor heat damage.

    Dispatchers told WSAZ.com that a number of people reported feeling the explosions at their homes.

    No one was hurt.

    West Virginia State Police and the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office are investigating, along with the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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