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Grayson County Man Receives 10-Year Sentence For Arson

Date of News Release: 02/12/2013

(LEITCHFIELD, KY) -- A Grayson County Man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in an Arson that occurred in November, 2010. Russell Mercer, 64, was sentenced on January 22, 2013 after he hired his ex-brother-in-law, Tom Lashley, 46, to burn some property on November 10, 2010. Mercer had promised Lashley that he would pay him a portion of the proceeds from the claim he collected from the insurance company. Lashley pled guilty to the Arson and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on February 07, 2012. KSP Post 4 Arson Det. Terry Scott was assisted in his investigation by Chris Crawford of the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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