- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A northeast Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for setting a fatal Jacksonville house fire.

A Duval County judge sentenced 52-year-old Jimmie Ray Jackson Jr. on Friday. He pleaded guilty last month to murder, arson and burglary.

Authorities say Cecil Ray Hepler, Patrick Bishop and John Kenney were asleep early one morning in September when a fire started. Bishop and Kenney both got out, but Helper died from burns and smoke inhalation.


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Police say Jackson had a dispute with Hepler’s family since 2008, but Helper wasn’t specifically targeted.

The Florida Times-Union (https://goo.gl/W66xQB) reports that Jackson had two prior arson convictions, one from Texas and the other from Pinellas County.



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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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