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May 13, 2014

Centerville man receives sentence

A Centerville man accused of five counts of arson was sentenced in the Appanoose County Courthouse to prison suspended to probation.

Kevin Wade Powers, 23, was accused by Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott by trial information he filed Dec. 17, 2013 with three counts of first degree arson, class B felonies and two counts of second degree arson, class C felonies.

If convicted on all five counts, Powers was looking at 95 years in state prison.

The five alleged arson events Powers was accused of occurred on different days in August, September and October 2013 and involved three buildings on the Centerville Square and two vehicles in Centerville.

The three arson counts involving buildings were dismissed on May 5 and on the same day he has sentenced for the two arson counts involving vehicles.

Judge Randy Scott DeGeest May 5 sentenced Powers to 10 years in state prison suspended to five years probation on each count to run consecutive to each other.

According to the five criminal complaint affidavits filed Nov. 8, 2013 by a Centerville police officer, Powers during post miranda interview admitted to setting the fires.

The fire that caused the most damage occurred on Sept. 25, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the alley behind Maytag. The fire started in a pile a garbage behind a privacy fence and it climbed up the wall and was in the roof of the building.

Occupants in apartments above Maytag and adjacent buildings were evacuated.

The Centerville Fire Department responded to put out the fire.

Powers owes $942 for this case.

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