The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 9, 2012

Charges dismissed against man accused of arson

Charges have been dismissed against one of the six people accused of being involved in a fire that destroyed five vehicles at the Rainelle State Police detachment last December.

Greenbrier Circuit Judge Joseph C. Pomponio Jr. entered the dismissal order, which was agreed to by both defense and prosecuting attorneys, releasing Floyd Junior White from home confinement in Fayette County.

White, 56, of Danese, had been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony because he allegedly discussed the plan to torch the vehicles with another defendant in the case, Jennifer White, 32, of Meadow Bridge.

Jennifer White was indicted on conspiracy charges in September for her alleged part in the arson plot. Also indicted in connection with the arson were Ray L. Goff, 29, of Meadow Bridge; David Clayton White, 48, of Meadow Bridge; Nicholas Michael White, 23, of Danese; and Joshua Emmanuel Redden, 26, of Meadow Bridge.

Floyd Junior White was not among the indictees. It was that lack of an indictment that his attorney, Sante Boninsegna Jr., cited as the justification for seeking the dismissal of criminal charges against his client.

Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Via did not return a telephone message seeking comment on the state’s agreement to the dismissal.

— Tina Alvey

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