Two sentenced in house firebombing that killed 2 dogs

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 4:33 PM
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Two young men who firebombed an Augusta home in the middle of the night while a woman and her pets slept pleaded guilty Monday to arson and cruelty to animals.

Justin B. Hall, 23, and Kyle D. Capps, 24, blamed each other for the fire that destroyed Janice Tierney’s Cambridge Drive home April 13 and killed two of her dogs. A third dog survived the fire in a wire kennel, though he was injured and still whimpers in his sleep, Tierney said.

The arson topped a list of repeated incidents of harassment and threats by Hall after he and Tierney’s daughter ended a romantic relationship, said Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers. The Tierney family believes Hall was also responsible for damage done to a vehicle and a previous burglary of the home, which was vandalized in the break-in.

Capps told investigators that he knew what Hall intended to do that night and that he drove him to the house and waited on Hall, who returned laughing, Myers said. Hall said that he just went to the home to get back some of his belongings and that Capps filled a beer bottle with gas that he must have used to start the fire as they were leaving.

Tierney was awakened about
2:30 a.m. when she heard glass breaking in her daughter’s bedroom. When she went to investigate because her daughter wasn’t home, she found the room engulfed in flames. Tierney was able to make it outside.

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Hall to eight years in prison, followed by seven years on probation. He sentenced Capps to eight years in prison, followed by four years probation. They are responsible for $7,000 each in restitution. The judge granted the defense attorneys’ request and sentenced them under the First Offender Act.

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KSL
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KSL 08/26/13 - 08:43 pm
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What kind of message for

What kind of message for sentencing under first defender does this send? You get a free pass the first time?

Kind of goes against the swift and certain punishment I was taught in criminology.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/26/13 - 07:52 pm
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Burn somebody's house down,

Burn somebody's house down, attempt to murder somebody, get a slap on the wrist.

And then you only have to pay $7000, the price of a used car.

This is insanity! So now he can go do it again?

TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 08/26/13 - 08:02 pm
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Slap on the wrist

Attempted murder, killing pets, etc and only 8 years? Too bad this wasn't a capital offense. These psychopaths need a needle in the arm.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/26/13 - 08:32 pm
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Public horsewhipping then a

Public horsewhipping then a long stint in the pokey would be fine by me.

KSL
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KSL 08/26/13 - 08:55 pm
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I think death is more in

I think death is more in order. We may have reached rock bottom. Time to make examples of this scum. I can't imagine letting these feral people go. How old were you when you learned it was not right to kill somebody who was not an enemy during war of your country.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/27/13 - 06:21 am
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KSL, normal people learn it

KSL, normal people learn it at a very early age, when their parents take them to church and bring them up in a Christian home.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/27/13 - 07:59 am
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FIRST OFFENDER
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This is another example of the "go lightly" approach judges and prosecutors have when it comes to crime. So if you haven't been caught before do you get a "do over'? Throw all the judges out the next election and the weak prosecutors as well. They are the real problem with our justice system. Perps should have a fear of sentencing first time or not.

Darby
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Darby 08/27/13 - 10:13 am
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Overstreet strikes again!

He's rough on perps who break into his home, but the rest of our citizens get the short end of the stick from this criminal coddling jurist.

zazzy43
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zazzy43 08/27/13 - 10:24 am
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Do any of you want to go do

Do any of you want to go do some time in prison? They'll do a majority of that 8 years and believe me, it won't be an easy 8 years for them. Also, I don't think you people know what the "First Offender Act" requires. It doesn't get them out of jail and it actually gives the judges more options to punish if someone violates their probation. Calm down; that's not a bad sentence.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/27/13 - 10:57 am
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Sorry, zazzy. 8 years in

Sorry, zazzy. 8 years in prison for attempted murder and firebombing somebody's home is just plain wrong.

It was a miracle that the mother wasn't killed that night.

That so-called man is just plain evil.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/27/13 - 02:00 pm
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zazzy43

must like potential killers and criminals walking the streets among us. Sad, there are so many with the same mentality.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/27/13 - 03:05 pm
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i be a loooser and she aint
Unpublished

i be a loooser and she aint not to wont me no moh so i burnt up de house...yeeeeeee hawwwwwwwww

cindy60
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cindy60 08/28/13 - 05:44 am
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I know the owner of the house

I know the owner of the house personally and this boy meant to kill both her and her daughter. They just sentenced a woman who meant to kill no one with her car to 20 yrs. she was a productive citizen..doesn't make sense at all. This woman's house was burnt to the ground. A day after the fire,she and I found one of her poor dogs under the covers at what was left of her bed..dead..that was really hard removing the poor pup and watching mom cry that she should have tried harder to get her dog out..

laro247
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laro247 08/29/13 - 06:45 am
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Blame the judge, he is well

Blame the judge, he is well known for handing out light sentences. Unless you're robbing his house, then he hands down a death sentence and carries it out himself.

Darby
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Darby 08/29/13 - 09:23 pm
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True enough...

I commend him for blowing away the burglar in his home, as I would have done.

I hold him in contempt for the way he handles criminals in his court with kid gloves.

I guess that when it's your ox that's getting gored, it's a different story.

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