UPDATE: Middlesboro man sentenced to life in prison

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One Bell County man convicted of attempted murder and arson charges will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A judge sentenced Jonathan Stansbury to twenty years on the attempted murder charge but amended it to life in prison due to him being a persistent felony offender.

The judge gave him another life sentence on the arson charge.

Middlesboro Police say in February of last year, Stansbury set a home on fire with a woman inside, but say she managed to escape.
Three of her birds died.


Court officials say the Bell County jury returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the jury convicted Jonathan Stansbury of attempted murder and arson.
The jury recommended a life sentence.


A trial started Tuesday for a Bell County man accused of setting fire to a home with a woman inside.

Jonathan Stansbury is charged with attempted murder and arson.

Middlesboro Police say Clorah Falconer was asleep in her home but escaped the fire last year. Her three birds died.

Tuesday, a man testified he heard Stansbury say he wanted to hurt Falconer and her pets a few days before the fire.

Middlesboro Police and Firefighters who responded to the scene also testified.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

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