Last updated: January 28. 2014 8:42AM - 1160 Views
By Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com



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Michael D. Williams, the fifth person facing charges for his involvement in the arson at 111 Stratton Street and subsequent $1 million insurance fraud scheme during February of 2012, has entered a guilty plea.


The four who were arrested back in September, Greg Glick, Jamey Thompson, Shawn Simon, and Guy Miller have all entered guilty pleas for their role in the 36-count indictment.


Federal information documents charged Michael D. Williams with conspiracy in the burning of the building. The information says in part: “Defendant Michael D. Williams, together with Guy R. Miller, Shawn C. Simon, named herein as unindicted co-conspirators, and others known and unknown to the United States Attorney, did knowingly conspire to commit an offense against the United States, that is, to maliciously damage and destroy, and attempt to damage and destroy, by means of fire and an explosive, a building situated at 111 Stratton Street, which was used in and in an activity affecting interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C.”


Williams is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, and there are several conditions on his release including travel limited to southern West Virginia, he may not possess firearms, destructive devices or other dangerous weapons; he must refrain from the excessive use of alcohol and not be in possession of any illegal drugs; he must submit to any testing required by the pretrial services office; participate in a program of inpatient or outpatient substance abuse therapy and counseling if the pretrial services office or supervising officer considers it advisable; report any contact with law enforcement personnel and report to the U.S. probation officer as directed and follow all instructions given by the officer.


A sentencing hearing before Judge Thomas E. Johnston is set for 9:30 a.m., April 10, 2014.


Debbie Rolen can be reached at 606-625-3940 or Twitter @DebbieRolen

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