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WEDNESDAY - January 12, 2010

CHADBOURN MEN PLEAD GUILTY IN ARSON CASE

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel two defendants pled guilty to charges related to the fire of Carolina Tire Sales. MICHAEL CODY CLAMP, 19, of Chadbourn, North Carolina, and DANIEL WAYNE SCOTT, 20, also of Chadbourn, North Carolina, each pled guilty to aiding and abetting arson in violation of Title, 18, United States Code, Section 844.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 27, 2010.

The investigation revealed that Richard Blake Turner, CLAMP, and SCOTT intentionally started the fire so that SCOTT, a volunteer firefighter, would be able to earn extra money. On September 21, 2009, CLAMP and SCOTT asked Turner if he wanted to make some money. CLAMP stated that he had a plan to set the old Ithaca plant on fire in order that SCOTT could make extra money. CLAMP and SCOTT picked Turner up around 11:00 p.m.

The three men drove to an area about 1/4 mile away from the site, and parked the car. SCOTT had two small plastic bottles filled with a liquid used to start fires. After walking around the building, SCOTT left Turner and CLAMP. SCOTT entered the building through a broken window. From the plastic bottles he was carrying, he splashed the liquid contents around some tires, started a fire, and left the building through the broken window. Shortly thereafter, SCOTT yelled “run,” and Turner and CLAMP saw SCOTT running away from the building. At sentencing, each defendant faces up to 40 years’ imprisonment followed by up to five years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

Turner pled guilty on October 12, 2010, to aiding and abetting arson and is scheduled to be sentenced in February, 2011.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; the Chadbourn Police Department and the Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Banumathi Rangarajan represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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