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Published: Tuesday, 10/26/2010

Homeless man accused in fires gets 10 months


A homeless man arrested after a series of fires plagued the city and the fire department throughout the summer was sentenced in Lucas County Common Pleas Court Tuesday to 10 months in prison.

Henry Lee Jackson, 42, who has been described as homeless and a squatter, pleaded no contest Sept. 23 to one count of attempted arson.

He was convicted of starting a fire in March at a vacant house on Forsythe Street.

Witnesses saw a suspect later identified as Jackson leaving a house in the 600 block of Forsythe through the front door. Moments later, smoke followed.

Arrested in July, Jackson initially was charged with two counts of arson for fires that police said they believed were among a string of arsons occurring throughout the city.

The March fire arsons throughout the summer. Authorities said Jackson was a suspect in a fire July 22 on Thayer Street in South Toledo but because of evidentiary reasons, the charge was dismissed.

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