February 13, 2014

Barn burner sentenced


A man charged with burning a barn last year will spend the next couple of  years in prison.

Anthony Wood, 38, of Apple Blossom Lane in London, received a 12-year sentence for second-degree arson. Wood has previously entered a guilty plea earlier last year and was sentenced on January 31.

Wood will also have to pay $15,000 in restitution to the victim. His charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed as part of the sentencing.

On September 14, flames from the barn on Apple Blossom Lane sent Kentucky State Troopers McCowan and Roberts to the scene. As the troopers approached the barn, a man ran from the area and up a hill. The troopers located the man, who threatened to shoot them, then ran down another hill.

The troopers split up, with one going down a road and the other going through a tobacco field. McCowan allegedly encountered Woods first, with Roberts overhearing him tell Woods to drop the weapon. But Woods refused to drop the large stick he was holding, resulting in Roberts using his taser on Woods. Even that didn’t stop Woods from continuing to resist arrest, although he was subdued and taken into custody.

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