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Jury: Cornell man guilty of arson

Resident set fire to Escanaba River camp

September 12, 2012
By Jenny Lancour - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - A jury found a Cornell man guilty of purposely setting fire to a camp on the Escanaba River last year. The conviction was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court Tuesday.

The jury deliberated for less than a hour Tuesday morning before declaring Richard Foy Arbour, 59, guilty of arson for the burning of real property. He is scheduled to be sentenced on the 10-year felony next month.

Arbour set fire to a camp located next door to his property on North River Road sometime between Oct. 2-3, 2011, according to Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post, the investigating agency. A hole was burnt in an exterior wall of the structure, which also suffered smoke damage.

The camp, owned by Tim Kobasic of Escanaba, was not insured.

The jury went into deliberation at 10:19 a.m. Tuesday following testimony by Arbour and a friend of his, and additional testimony from the detective in charge of the investigation. Forty minutes later, the jury announced it had reached a verdict.

The trial, originally scheduled for three days, began Monday morning with jury selection. Witnesses who testified in court later that day included Kobasic, Kobasic's son, a state trooper, the detective, a fire chief and an electric company employee.

Arbour, who earlier this year was declared competent to stand trial, will be sentenced on Oct. 23 in circuit court.



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