Firefighter pleads in arson case

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WARRENTON --- A former McDuffie County firefighter has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud stemming from a December 2007 fire that destroyed his doublewide mobile home in Warren County.

Jerry Ronald Fullwood, who had been on leave with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services pending the outcome of the criminal case, entered the plea during a special hearing in Warren County Superior Court on Oct. 1, according to court officials.

He appeared with his defense attorney, Lucy Bell, of Thomson, and entered the plea after negotiations with the Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

Charges against Mr. Fullwood's wife, Elizabeth, were dropped in exchange for his plea to the charge of insurance fraud.

The couple originally had been charged with arson in the first degree, burning a residence without consent and insurance fraud, according to court records.

Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr. sentenced Mr. Fullwood, 26, to 90 days to 120 days in jail and five years' probation.

Senior Assistant District Attorney William P. Doupe' prosecuted the case. It had been planned for trial by jury to start Monday.

Mr. Fullwood was slightly injured in the Dec. 15 fire off Wright Reese Road. At the time, he told fire officials that his injuries were as the result of his attempting to put out the fire himself. He was taken to Doctor's Hospital in Augusta, where he received treatment for burns to his right foot.

Mr. Fullwood's wife and their infant child escaped without injury.

A day before the fire, Mr. Fullwood had applied to become a volunteer firefighter with Warren County Fire/Rescue Services. He was planning to continue working with McDuffie County.

He later became employed with the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, where he worked only a short while before getting a job as a wrecker service employee.

Dozens of firefighters from both Warren and McDuffie counties battled the mobile home fire. The blaze started from a bucket of hot ambers that had been taken from a fireplace to the back porch.

Afterwards, fellow firefighters raised money for the family, hoping it would help get the couple back on their feet again.

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themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/08/09 - 08:25 am
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Isn't insurance fraud a

Isn't insurance fraud a serious crime? Isn't arson also a serious crime? Was not the arson instigated to result in insurance fraud? So with any luck he will be home for Christmas. Talk about a slap on the wrist.

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justus4 10/09/09 - 03:06 am
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Guy set fire to his trailer,
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Guy set fire to his trailer, then collect insurance money, then get arrested. What happens then, well, they drop the charge of arson and allows this guy to plea to lesser crime. Why? What about the broken laws? Great country, eh?

xanadu
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xanadu 10/09/09 - 06:00 am
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more material for the blue

more material for the blue collar comedy tour or smoking gun. lets face it folks, if you're going to set fire to your property to gain a monetary reward, i do believe you should probably have something worth setting fire to, other than a trailer.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 10/10/09 - 06:51 pm
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Now that's a "Bubba" if I

Now that's a "Bubba" if I have ever seen one. What do you want to bet his wife weighs about 350.

smartie
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smartie 10/11/09 - 12:02 pm
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throw the book at 'em!

throw the book at 'em!

bibi_itsme
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bibi_itsme 10/12/09 - 03:05 pm
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nope...you're wrong about his

nope...you're wrong about his wife DEVGRU

MomInRC
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MomInRC 10/13/09 - 08:32 am
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Consider that maybe the wife

Consider that maybe the wife started the fire against husband's strong protests. The husband takes the punishment for her stupidity, which is why he only plea bargained upon her charges being dropped.

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montega12 10/13/09 - 10:59 am
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thats thomson for ya they

thats thomson for ya they will punish a black man to the fullest extent of the law for a minor drug offense but let a white cop rape a woman grand jury wont even indict and i know fraud and arson carry multiple years behind bars i know people that got caught with marijuana serving 5 years in prison and this guy barely gets 3 months for two first degree felonies if your white your right

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corgimom 10/13/09 - 06:33 pm
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He endangered those

He endangered those firefighters' lives, and he only got 90 FREAKING DAYS??? Who is he related to?

corgimom
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corgimom 10/13/09 - 06:34 pm
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And what is HOT AMBERS?? Who

And what is HOT AMBERS?? Who at the AC is writing this stuff?

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ispy4u 10/13/09 - 08:39 pm
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MADMAX ( Insert description

MADMAX ( Insert description of the usual suspect)? What about you The Big O?

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