Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 24, 2013

Carter to serve time for second-degree arson

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A local man who was arrested in May after fire damaged a converted home in Princeton was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree arson.

Larry David-Dwain Carter II, 32, of Princeton, appeared for a plea hearing before Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhosn. Carter was arrested in May after the State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a fire at a home on Lazenby Avenue. The home had been divided into three apartments.

The results of the investigation indicted that Carter had deliberately set a fire in his apartment, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Scott Rodes. Carter’s $40,000 bond remained in place after a circuit court hearing last October.

Carter was originally charged with first-degree arson and faced between two to 20 years in prison.

Judge Aboulhosn sentenced Carter after agreeing to accept the plea agreement, according to information with the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office. Carter was sentenced to a 10-year determinate sentence, and received 200 days credit for the time he had been jailed since his arrest in May.

Carter was remanded back to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver after Monday’s hearing.

People with information about suspicious fires can leave tips anonymously at the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s arson hotline at 1-800-223-FIRE or 1-800-223-3473.