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UPDATE: Suspect in State Police fire guilty on all 21 counts


UPDATE: LEWISBURG (WVVA) - The man accused of setting fire to several vehicles at a West Virginia State Police detachment has been found guilty.

A Greenbrier County jury found David White guilty on all 21 counts including arson, intimidation and retaliation, and conspiracy in connection with the Dec. 2011 fire in the parking lot of the Rainelle detachment of the State Police.

The flames destroyed eight vehicles, including a police cruiser and a trooper's personal vehicle, as well as damaged part of the building.

The jury handed down the verdict less than an hour after going into deliberation.

Two men who testified against David White during his own trial, Ray Goff and Nicholas White, are already convicted of arson in the case. Both told the jury David White was the mastermind behind the plot.

Joshua Redden, also charged, was called to the stand but chose to remain silent.

The defense counsel, Doug Arbuckle, said in his closing argument that Ray Goff and Nicholas White were lying about David White's involvement in the fires.

Greenbrier County Prosecutor Patrick Via called the December 2011 fires "an attack on the West Virginia State Police, and thus the community" in his closing arguments. He said the alleged crimes were done out of revenge.

Via emphasized the control David White had over his alleged accomplices.

A sentencing date has been set for White, and prosecutors say he faces between 47 and 105 years in prison.

Patrick Via also said his office expects to file an information regarding sentencing procedure under the "Habitual Offender Act" in West Virginia later this week. If convicted as a habitual offender, Via said White could face life in prison.

He added that Joshua Redden and Jennifer White, who are also charged over the December 2011 arson, have not reached an agreement with the state and their cases are still pending.


LEWISBURG (WVVA) - The trial against the man accused of setting fire to several West Virginia State Police cruisers has begun.

David White is one of five people indicted last year in Greenbrier County for allegedly setting fire to eight vehicles in the parking lot of the Rainelle detachment of the State Police during the early morning hours of Dec. 15, 2011.

A police cruiser and a trooper's personal vehicle were among those burned.

View WVVA.com's previous reports on this case

SLIDESHOW: Aftermath of fire

White is charged with 21 counts of arson, intimidation and retaliation against public officers, and conspiracy.

Ray Goff -- a man charged along with White -- took the stand on Wednesday.

Goff testified that White orchestrated and carried out the plan to commit the crime using gas cans and matches. Goff said the other three indicted individuals were involved-- Joshua Redden and Nicholas White helped, and Jennifer White knew about the plan.

The court also viewed surveillance video from a neighboring business showing flames in the detachment parking lot.

The trial continues Thursday.

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