Sidonia men plead guilty to July arson

Sidonia men plead guilty to July arson
Two Sidonia men have been sentenced to prison for attempting to burn down a structure in July.
According to a press release issued by Sharon Fire Chief Gary Eddings, the Sidonia and Sharon fire departments were dispatched July 8 to a structure fire at 1101 Bob Miles Road in Sidonia.
There was little damage to the vacant structure as both departments managed to extinguish the blaze quickly. An investigation revealed the incident was a result of arson, according to the release.
James Cobb, 24, of Sidonia and 25-year-old Zackery Fowler were charged with arson in connection with the incident. According to the release, investigators received written statements from Cobb and Fowler acknowledging they set fire to the structure on Bob Miles Road. The pair was indicted by a Weakley County Grand Jury in September.
After several court appearances in Weakley County Circuit Court, Cobb and Fowler have been sentenced to prison.
Cobb was indicted on one count of Class C felony arson. Through a plea agreement, his conviction was reduced to Class D felony facilitation of arson.
He was sentenced to two years with the Tennessee Department of Correction after a court appearance held Thursday in circuit court. Cobb was ordered to serve 35 percent of that sentence as a multiple offender. He received one day of jail credit. Attorney Beau Pemberton represented Cobb.
Fowler pleaded guilty to one count of Class C felony arson Thursday during his court appearance. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to serve 30 percent of that sentence.
Fowler received jail credit from July 26 until Dec. 29. He was represented by attorney Lang Unger.
Tennessee Bomb and Arson special agent Ron Powers, Eddings and Sharon police Lt. Jason Edwards handled the investigation.

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