- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Casper man accused of setting fire to a Gillette motel in an attempt to kill a female acquaintance has been found guilty.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://bit.ly/1Jvc7yu ) James Pearson was convicted of aggravated arson and attempted first-degree murder Thursday.

Court documents say Pearson and a woman smoked methamphetamine together, and he wanted her to have sex with him. She refused and got away.

Campbell County Attorney Ron Wirthwein acknowledged the case was largely circumstantial, but argued that the 58-year-old set the fire on Sept. 7 in an attempt to kill the woman.

Pearson’s attorney said law enforcement failed to submit evidence for forensic testing and never investigated other suspects.

Pearson faces up to 30 years in prison for the arson, and a life sentence for the attempted murder.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com


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