Haynes pleads guilty to arson, burglary

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 6, 2013

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The second suspect in a summer 2011 case of burglary and arson in Boyd has pleaded guilty to the crime.

James Edward Haynes

James Edward Haynes

James Edward Haynes, 30, of Boyd entered his guilty plea to arson with intent to damage a habitation or place of worship, a first-degree felony, and for burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony, last week in 271st District Court in Decatur.

He received 10 years deferred adjudication and will be placed on community supervision for 10 years. Haynes will also have to pay $17,224.70 in restitution.

Haynes’ nephew, Charles Haynes III, 20, of Boyd pleaded guilty to burglary and arson in the same case last November and received the same punishment.

The fire took place July 13, 2011, at a home in the 500 block of Green Meadow Drive in Boyd. Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington said it appears the home was burglarized and then set on fire to cover up the crime. It occurred over the course of a couple of days while the homeowner was on vacation.

Fire departments from Boyd, Paradise, Rhome and Newark responded and contained the fire to one room. After the fire was extinguished, investigators noticed items were missing from the house, which was confirmed by the homeowner. Authorities later recovered $16,000 worth of property stolen from the home.

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