A federal jury in Charleston Friday found a Logan County man guilty in connection with an October 2009 arson. Prosecutors said it was organized in an effort to collect more than $80,000 in insurance claims.
A federal jury found Michael White, 58, of Chapmanville guilty on all three counts charged against him: conspiracy to commit arson, arson and accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said that White conspired with an acquaintance, Kimberly Dawn Kinder, and her now deceased husband to set fire to a rental unit owned by White that was located in Van, Boone County. Kinder previously pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy.
Kinder's late husband poured gasoline on a pile of clothes in the living area of one of the units. He set fire to the pile of clothes and Kimberly Kinder drove the getaway vehicle.
Afterward, White filed an insurance claim. The company paid White $80,716.51. White gave the Kinders approximately $2,000 as payment for their role in the conspiracy.
White faces up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge; five to 20 years for arson; and up to two and a half years for being an accessory after the fact. He'll be sentenced in August.
Kinder faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced.