The Sun News reports that an Andrews, North Carolina man has been sentenced to 30 years for arson that resulted in a death. Randy Collins, 48, was convicted of conspiracy and arson for a fire that resulted in the death of a 12-year-old boy.
Collins was officially convicted of criminal conspiracy and first-degree arson. His trial began last Monday. His sentence included five years for the conspiracy charge and 30 for arson, both of which will run concurrently.
He had no prior criminal history, but had at least five other homes consumed in fire that followed with insurance claims. He received the maximum sentence for conspiracy and the minimum for arson.
In March 2014, a mobile home caught fire in Andrews. It was reported by a neighbor around 1:30 a.m. on March 29.
Marissa Cohen has also been charged in the incident and her children were living in an apartment when the blaze happened, but her 12-year-old perished. He was walking home from a party and when it started raining he sought shelter in his old mobile home.
Firefighters found the boy’s body during the fire and autopsy results showed he died of smoke inhalation. No one knew he was in the mobile home at the time.
Cohen is facing charges of criminal conspiracy, first-degree arson and unlawful neglect of a child. She had purchased renter’s insurance a month prior and moved all her belongings out. An anonymous tipster told police she bought kerosene on the morning of the fire.
Investigators said that accelerant had been poured on the floor in the mobile home, and Cohen had called Collins several times the day before and after it burned.
Collins later told police that Cohen offered to pay him $5,000 of the $25,000 she would receive from insurance payments.