EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSArson Suspect Facing Escape Charge
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Reported by: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 9, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 2:56 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A man facing several charges in connection to an arson involving the home of a former State Police trooper is now being charged with escape.
Kenneth L. Holden, 24, of Apple Grove was originally charged with first-degree arson, two counts of burglary, two counts of burning insured property, malicious set fire to grass/woodland, conspiracy, conspiracy of first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit burglary. Holden was charged with escape Aug. 12 after police said he cut off his home confinement monitoring bracelet that he was wearing as a condition of his bond, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell Magistrate Court. Western Regional Jail records show he was booked on Thursday.
The initial charges stem from a trailer fire in Barboursville in March. The home belonged to former West Virginia State trooper Steven Gula, who was indicted on arson charges and pleaded not guilty in August. Gula was not a trooper at the time of the fire. Another man, Donovan Shane Smith of Portsmouth, was charged with arson in connection to the case.
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