French Creek man jailed for attempted arson


BUCKHANNON — A French Creek man remains jailed after he reportedly set fire to several items inside his residence, including a couch. Christopher Lee Green, age 33, was charged with the attempt to commit fourth degree arson on Thursday, according to court documents.

The criminal complaint said that the accused allegedly told his wife Michelle, “if she valued her belongings that she better start talking to him.” His wife stated that she did not what he was talking about. Soon after, the accused reportedly set a blanket, a pair of jeans and a paper bag on fire inside the house, and then set the couch on fire as well. Cpl. Dewaine Linger said when Upshur County Sheriff deputies arrived, the couch was ablaze. The report said the deputies and Mrs. Green were able to put out the fire with multiple pots of water from the sink.

Green was jailed for the attempted arson late Thursday night at Tygart Valley Regional Jail. If found guilty, Green could face a term of imprisonment not less than one, nor more than two years or fined not to exceed $2,500, or both. Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond in the amount of $25,000 cash or surety. Green must comply with random drug/alcohol testing upon release and is prohibited from having contact with his wife or going to their residence.

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