Ashburn man gets six years for setting Louisiana fire

Posted: Mar. 27, 2013 10:27 am Updated: Apr. 10, 2013 11:15 am


An Ashburn man was sentenced to six years in the Missouri Department of Corrections Tuesday for his role in a Fourth of July fire in Louisiana.

Russel Ray Darnell, 43, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree arson on Feb. 11. Darnell set fire to a home in the 600 block of North Carolina when his wife would not go to watch a fireworks display with him or answer his phone calls. He admitted to causing a fire at the house where his wife and children were living. Court documents said Darnell set a blanket on fire in the living room of the house, causing damage to the structure.

No one was injured in the blaze. The Missouri State Fire Marshal investigated the scene and confirmed the fire was intentionally set.