Arson trio nets probation

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By Susan Sharp

Three men will serve a combined nine years on probation after pleading guilty to burning a Jacksboro home in August.

Jody W. Webb, Travis Prater and Cory S. Gibson agreed they were guilty of arson last week in front of Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

Prater and Gibson plead guilty to additional charges.

Gibson said he was guilty of evading police and not having driver’s license while Prater agreed he had illegally had a schedule II controlled substance.

Each man will serve three years on supervised probation, pay court costs and $1,000 apiece in restitution, the court records said.

Webb was sentenced to spend 30 days in jail but given credit for the days he had previously served. He was further given judicial diversion for three years.

The trio had been accused of setting a Crestview Lane home on fire to conceal a theft that Webb had committed there previously, court records said. Webb had allegedly gone into the home stealing copper wiring. He later sold it at Bob and Liz’s Elegant Junk for $85.50, the arrest warrant said.

When a witness saw the home, with an estimated value of $69,000, on fire that night, he also saw three men running away from it, court records said.

Police later found the Black Ford Taurus the witness had described. Gibson and Prater were arrested that night. Webb turned himself into authorities the next day.