The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 22, 2010

Columbus resident pleads guilty in arson case

COLUMBUS, Kan. — Belinda L. Schooley, 30, of Columbus, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated arson in Cherokee County District Court.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Schooley was arrested last January and charged for the January 2005 fire at Video Mart, 201 E. Maple St., in Columbus. Three people in an apartment above the store were at home at the time of the fire was were rescued by Columbus police and fire departments.

Investigators determined there had been two fires intentionally set in the building.

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard.


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