Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Sentencing Hearing Delayed For Man Convicted Of Arson

A judge has postponed the sentencing hearing for a man convicted of setting fire to the DeKalb County Courthouse.

A jury found 55-year-old Gary Wayne Ponder guilty of aggravated arson earlier this year.

Authorities arrested Ponder after a courthouse surveillance camera caught Ponder lighting newspapers inside a recycling bin on fire. The 2016 fire caused more than $100,000 in damages to the building.

During a Tuesday court appearance, a judge delayed the sentencing until February 3. The Class-A felony carries a range of punishment between 15 and 25-years.