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Fairfield man sentenced to prison for setting fire to cousin's shed

August 11, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A man found guilty of setting fire to his cousin's shed in June 2009 was sentenced Wednesday by Franklin County (Pa.) Court Judge Shawn Meyers to a minimum of four years in state prison.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Tod Karl Naugle, 38, with arson, retaliation against a witness or victim, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe.

He was convicted of the charges in a jury trial in June.

Naugle, of Fairfield, Pa., told the judge Wednesday that he had issues with his cousin, Darwoll "Bo" Naugle, for 10 years. He said police failed to intercede when asked, but he said he handled the situation in the wrong way.

"I handled it poorly. I definitely should've gone about it some other way," Naugle said.

Meyers ruled Naugle owes $41,700 in restitution to be divided among several parties. He said part of his sentencing considerations were the dangers presented to emergency responders and neighboring houses on Dixon Road in South Mountain, Pa.

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Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Timothy Wilmot asked Meyers to consider the defendant's criminal history, including an August 1990 incident of criminal trespass in which a fire was set in the victim's house. Gettysburg, Pa., defense attorney Robert Chester responded that Naugle was convicted of trespass, not arson in that case.

In the South Mountain case, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeff Sarver wrote in court documents that Naugle poured a petroleum-based product on the 16 foot-by-40 foot shed, then used a lighter to ignite the substance.

Soon afterward, Naugle talked to a man and threatened to hurt him if he told police. He also sent a text message to his stepdaughter saying he was going to jail and "wait and see what happens," Sarver wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

At 1 a.m., Naugle told a fellow patron at Chapparal Tavern in Quincy Township, Pa., that he was going to "beat" Bo Naugle, Sarver alleged.

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