UPDATE: Officials say Stuarts Draft man who allegedly lit trailer on fire now charged with attempted capital murder
UPDATE (4/22) — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports an additional charge of attempted capital murder has been placed on a man who was originally arrested and charged with arson on Tuesday, April 20.
Officials report Danny E. Hearn, Jr., 47, of Stuarts Draft had allegedly gone onto a local property and set fire to a trailer. Officials say Hearn was arrested at a nearby residence on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court and subsequently charged with arson and violation of a protective order.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office says the victim of the trailer fire, a witness under subpoena in a pending domestic assault criminal case against Hearn, was asleep in the trailer at the time the fire was set.
Officials say Hearn is facing a new class 2 felony charge and carries a maximum punishment of 20 years to life imprisonment and up to a $100,000 fine.
Officials say no injuries were reported in the incident. Hearn has been transported to Middle River Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Augusta County Sheriff’s Office deputies report a man was arrested and charged with arson on Tuesday, April 20, after he allegedly set a trailer on fire in Stuarts Draft.
According to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called on Tuesday around 2 am. for a report of a travel/pull-behind trailer on fire in a backyard on Greenbriar Lane in Stuarts Draft.
Deputies say they were able to put the fire out with a garden hose. They say there was some smoke and fire damage to the trailer, but no other damage and no injuries.
Officials have named Danny E. Hearn, Jr. as the suspect in the incident, and deputies say he allegedly went on the property and set the trailer on fire.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hearn shortly after 4 a.m. near the home and charged Hearn with arson and violation of protective order on that property.
Hearn is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.
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