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Vincennes Man Sentenced In Arson Cases
Updated September 6, 2016 6:50 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(VINCENNES) - The suspect pleads guilty to setting several fires in Vincennes.

24-year-old James Beamon was arrested in 2014 after a nearly three year investigation and was sentenced to six years in prison for setting multiple fires.

Three of the fires took place along Washington Avenue in Vincennes and all had common factors.
Investigators say James Beamon admitted four arsons:

  • Gimbel Bond Building, 210 Main Street, on December 17, 2011.
  • Kohlhouse General Contracting, (owned by David Shelton) 1241 Washington Avenue, June 3, 2013.
  • Pine Box, 1043 Washington Avenue, March 23, 2014.
  • C & G Cleaners, 1825 Washington Avenue, May 21, 2014.

Beamon told Wells he used striking matches to start the massive Gimbel Bond Building fire in December of 2011. The document states Beamon struck the matches and tossed them on the floor inside of the building.

The blaze, according to documents, caused an estimated $900,000 in damage. News 10 records show it cost the city around $150,000 to cleanup the area following the fire.

Beamon also admitted guilt to the fire at the former Kohlhouse Building, 1241 Washington Avenue in Vincennes. Businessman David Shelton owned the building. The document reads: "Beamon intentionally and knowingly started the fire ... using a lighter."

Its damage was valued at $150,000.

The Pine Box Fire on 1043 Washington Avenue, was ignited, Beamon told investigators, by taking a lighter to a mattress. Investigators reported the damage at an estimated value of $20,000.

In May 2014, Beamon admitted to starting a fire at C&G Quality Dry Cleaners in Vincennes.

In that case, he told investigators he started the fire with a lighter near a wooden window frame. Estimated damages in the C&G fire are valued at $200,000.

A Knox County judge sentenced 24-year-old James Beamon to six years in prison and four years on probation for the arson.



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