CHARLESTON – One defendant in a Logan County arson case is asking to be released from custody while another is asking a Federal court in Charleston to address the interstate commerce portion of charges against him.
James Gregory Glick, 44, and his attorneys, James Cagle and Michael Caray, appeared before Federal Judge Johnston on Wednesday. Glick is charged in a 36-count indictment involving the torching of a building on Stratton Street. According to the indictment, Glick is charged with conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, obstruction of justice, unlawful monetary transactions and structuring in connection with the alleged scheme.
Basically, Glick and fellow defendants Guy R. Miller, 39, Shawn C. Simon, 41, and William Jamey Thompson, 44, are accused of arranging to have the building at 111 Stratton Street over-valued for insurance purposes. They are then charged with having the building burned so they could collect $1 million in insurance money.
In the brief court appearance Wednesday, which lasted less than 13 minutes, Glick and his lawyers asked to argue the interstate commerce part of the charges against him. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ryan represented the government.
Ultimately, Judge Johnston ordered the parties to brief the question before the court. Other matters in the case were continued by the judge.
Allegations against Glick include that he purchased the building in January 2012 for $50,000. Glick then allegedly paid co-defendant Thompson, an independent insurance agent from Chapmanville, about $75,000 to obtain the fraudulently-inflated $1 million policy from General Star Indemnity Company. On the night of February 1, the government maintains Miller, Simon and another person worked together to set the fire.
In a separate motion, Simon, by his counsel, Brian D. Yost, asked that he be released pending sentences in the matter. All defendants have now agreed to plead guilty in the case. Simon is pleading guilty to one count of obstruction of justice, according to the motion.
Simon has also agreed to cooperate with the government in the investigation. Yost argued in his motion that Simon is not a threat to the community and there is no danger of further obstruction since the co-defendants have agreed to plead guilty.
The motion says Simon “wished to put his affairs in order prior to his final sentencing in this matter.”
The court is expected to rule on Simon’s motion at a later date.
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