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Butler County jury finds Christopher Wyatt guilty of Aggravated Arson, Grand Theft, Felonious Assault, and Aggravated Menacing.
June 08, 2006
(Hamilton, Ohio) A Butler County jury in Common Pleas Court found Christopher Wyatt guilty today of Aggravated Arson, Grand Theft, Felonious Assault, and Aggravated Menacing. The trial went into a fourth day with a jury delivering verdicts after 2-1/2 hrs. Wyatt, who had no significant prior record, was involved in an altercation at a farm residence on Shollenbarger Road, Milford Township. Wyatt was overheard making several statements that the altercation “wasn’t over” and that he would “burn the house down”. Later that evening, Wyatt came back to the residence, while no one was present, and set the house on fire, burning it completely to the ground. Prosecutor Piper who handled the trial stated “Arson is difficult to prosecute because it’s proved with circumstantial evidence and it’s usually a crime committed in the cover of darkness. It’s a shame to see a beautiful old farmhouse get tragically destroyed. When you mix vindictiveness and violence it becomes extremely dangerous. Wyatt became an arsonist and has destroyed not only an old farm house but part of his own life.” Piper concluded “This case could not have been prosecuted without the investigation of the Ohio State Fire Marshall and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. We are extremely grateful that the jury saw the truth and announced very clear with it’s verdict, you can’t go around burning down houses.” Chris Wyatt, age 34, is from the Oxford area. He will be sentenced on August 1, 2006 at 1:00 PM before the Honorable Judge Crehan. Wyatt is facing a maximum sentence of 21 years.
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