Suspects Sentenced In Boone Trail Arson Cases

Guilty pleas entered in relation to multiple fires.


Two men accused of deliberately starting structure fires in the Boone Trail Fire District have been sentenced following a plea agreement in Harnett County Superior Court.

According to court officials, Tommy Ray Gilbert Jr., 25, of Lillington plead guilty to felony conspiracy for second-degree arson and three misdemeanor charges of setting fire to woods, lands or fields.

On June 5, Mr. Gilbert was sentenced to eight to 19 months in jail suspended and a year of supervised probation.

The case came to a final resolution on Tuesday when his co-conspirator, 29-year-old Patrick Dewayne Clayton entered a guilty plea to charges of injury to real property. Mr. Clayton was sentenced to a 58-day active sentence and the remaining charges against him were dismissed.

The two men were arrested and charged in May with setting an empty double-wide mobile home located at 4198 Springhill Church Road, Lillington, on fire which took place April 25.

The men were also charged with starting fires in three wooded areas in the Sloan Road area near Lillington between late March and late April.

Mr. Gilbert was a two-month member of the Boone Trail Fire Department and was one of the firefighters responding on the scene. He was also suspected of reporting at least one woods fire that took place in the same area.


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