Former Springville Man Sentenced To Prison For Possession Of Meth, Arson Charges

(BEDFORD) – On Tuesday, 29-year-old Sean Meadows, who said he was homeless, pleaded guilty to possession of meth in Lawrence County Superior Court I.

Sean Meadows

Meadows was arrested July 31, 2019 on a charge of possession of meth and illegal possession of a syringe. He was on probation at the time of that arrest for setting several fires in the Springville area. Probation then filed a petition to revoke his 4 years suspended sentence in that case.

In a negotiated plea deal, Meadows pleaded guilty to the possession of meth charges.

Judge John Plummer III sentenced Meadows to serve four years on the arson case for violating his probation.

In December 2010, Judge Plummer sentenced Meadows to six years of supervised probation for setting a wildfire that caused damage to Highview Baptist Church.

Meadows was sentenced on one count of felony arson, in addition to auto theft from a separate case after pleading guilty in a negotiated plea deal on November 1, 2019 and was released on his own recognizance until his sentencing.

The Crime

On April 1, 2019, Meadows found himself behind bars facing arson charges after setting several fires in March.

Police arrested Meadows on felony charges of arson resulting in injury, three counts of arson, burglary, two counts of torturing an animal, and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. Two dogs perished in one of the fires.

Firefighters from several fire departments in Lawrence, Greene, and Monroe counties and from Crane joined forces to battle three structure fires and two wildfires all within a very short distance of one another on Patton Hill Road, Avoca-Eureka Road and Greer Lane.

Deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, six area volunteer fire departments, and IU Health Ambulance service and Tabernacle of Praise Emergency services responded.

Detectives and the state fire marshal responded to investigate after firefighters found the fires were intentionally set.

Times of fires and the locations:

  • 2:27 p.m. at 85 Greer Lane, an occupied home. Two family dogs perished.
  • 2:37 p.m. at 142 Patton Hill Road, unoccupied mobile home and burglary.
  • 2:48 p.m. at 424 Patton Hill Road, detached garage
  • 3:08 p.m. behind 1514 Avoca Eureka Road, a wildfire, at the back of Purdue Farm
  • 3:28 p.m. at 60 Patton Hill Road a wildfire damaged Highview Baptist Church.
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