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Convicted arsonist declared an habitual offender

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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- The man convicted of torching State Police cars in Rainelle last February has been declared an habitual offender.

A jury determined on Wednesday that David C. White is the same man who was found guilty of multiple felonies, including racketeering in 1991 and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2000.These were the qualifications the state needed to dub him an "habitual offender," which could mean life in prison.

He was also convicted of arson at the Rainelle State Police barracks last February.

Greenbrier County prosecutor Patrick Via said, "Mr. White will be subject to a life sentence based upon his third felony conviction... now of course he was convicted of 21 separate offenses, so the court will have to sort through all 21 of them for sentencing purposes."

The sentencing is expected in July.

White voluntarily chose not to testify in his hearing Wednesday. On the way out of the courtroom he told reporters that he's innocent.

To view other WVVA reports about White, click here.

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