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Three men sentenced for roles in Logan arson

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Three more men who helped a Logan businessman torch a building for a $1 million insurance payout are headed to federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Guy R. Miller Jr., 40, of Logan, has been sentenced to six years and three months, while Michael D. Williams, 44, of Logan, was sentenced to 32 months behind bars and Shawn C. Simon, 41, of Charleston, 22 months.

The building, which at one time housed law offices, was destroyed by fire on Feb. 1, 2012.

Miller admitted recruiting Williams to torch the property, which had been acquired by James Gregory Glick, 44, of Logan the month before the fire for $50,000 and then insured for $1 million.

Williams, who cooperated with authorities, admitted he spread roughly 15 gallons of gasoline on the first floor of the building to ignite the fire.

Goodwin said Williams used so much gasoline that the fumes accumulated in the ceiling and triggered an explosion that was caught on the Logan County Courthouse video security system.

He said Simon, who drove the getaway car, admitted he destroyed a digital video recorder from a nearby steakhouse Glick also owned. Simon said he tossed the DVR, which had footage of the three of them fleeing the scene, into the Kanawha River, Goodwin said.

Glick and co-conspirator William Jamey Thompson, 45, of Chapmanville, previously admitted working together to obtain an inflated, $1 million insurance policy from General Star Indemnity Co. on the property, which had been vacant. Glick then paid Thompson $50,000 for helping him get the policy.

Unable to prove arson, General Star paid Glick's claim -- just over $1 million -- in May 2012. Glick used some of the money to pay his five co-conspirators.

In June of 2013, however, criminal investigators from the Internal Revenue Service, working with the West Virginia State Police, seized $450,000 in insurance money that remained in accounts controlled by Glick. Over the course of the next six weeks, Goodwin said the agents developed cooperating witnesses, including Williams, who obtained audio and video recordings of efforts by Glick to obstruct the federal grand jury investigation by paying Miller $8,000 to lie if he was called as a witness.

Williams received a reduced sentence as a result of his cooperation.

Glick was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for orchestrating the scheme. Thompson also was sentenced to five years.

In March, Philip Wayne Workman, 36, of Logan was sentenced to 27 months in prison for his efforts to obstruct the arson investigation by conducting staged consensual recordings in an effort to frame innocent individuals.

The defendants also must make $1,010,000 restitution to General Star and reimburse the City of Logan $3,900 for emergency personnel response costs, Goodwin said.

In addition to the $1,010,000 restitution order to repay General Star, the Court also ordered all defendants to reimburse the City of Logan $3,900 for emergency personnel response costs.

The West Virginia State Police, West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Ryan is in charge of the prosecution