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Campbellsville man acknowledges he set fire to a home on purpose

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By Calen McKinney

A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a home.

Robert Kevin Rhodes, 29, of 100 Arbor Lane appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Rhodes pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief. He originally faced a charge of second-degree arson.

According to court records, Rhodes was working for a construction company that was building a new home. Records state Rhodes told police he was fired for no reason and set the home on fire because he was angry with his employer.

The prosecutor has recommended that Rhodes be sentenced to five years in prison to be served after he completes revoked sentences in two other cases and be ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution.

In his other cases, Rhodes had his diversion voided and could be sentenced to an additional five years in prison.

In August 2004, Rhodes pleaded guilty in two separate cases to first-degree possession of cocaine, possession of drug supplies, possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana, first-degree fleeing or evading police, a third-offense DUI and reckless driving.

At that time, Rhodes was sentenced to two years' probation, granted a five-year pretrial diversion, sentenced to serve 50 days in jail and ordered to attend an alcohol and drug education course and have his license suspended for 24 months.

If he failed the terms of his diversion, Rhodes was to be sentenced to five years in prison.

Court records also list Rhodes' address as 1502 Dutton Creek Road in Campbellsville. Formal sentencing in all of Rhodes' cases is set for April 22.

Also on Bertram's docket:

- Anthony "Tony" Lee Davis, 28, of 105 or 107 Grandview Drive in Campbellsville completed the terms of his diversion and had burglary and other charges against him dismissed.

In February 2003, Davis pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking more than $300.

At that time, Davis was granted a five-year pretrial diversion and ordered to pay $628 in restitution to Furniture Liquidators. If Davis failed the terms of his diversion, he was to be sentenced to five years in prison.

A motion was made to review Davis' diversion in July 2005 stating that he had been convicted of possession of marijuana in Taylor District Court. At that time, Bertram passed on revoking Davis' diversion.

- Robert Vick, 36, of Campbellsville was sentenced to serve a year in prison on a theft charge.

Vick pleaded guilty earlier this month to theft by unlawful taking more than $300. Charges of being a first-degree persistent felony offender and theft by unlawful taking less than $300 were dismissed.

Vick was given credit for 42 days he has already served. His sentence is to be served after he completes a sentence in a Jefferson County case and any other sentences he may be serving.

- William Kelly Ware, 36, of 815 Davis Road in Campbellsville was sentenced to five years' probation on assault and other charges.

In October 2004, Ware pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

At that time, Ware was granted a three-year pretrial diversion and ordered to pay $613 in restitution. If he failed the terms of his diversion, he was to be sentenced to three years in prison.

In December, Ware's diversion was voided because he pleaded guilty in another case to first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault, third-degree terroristic threatening and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Ware was also ordered to attend anger management classes.

Court records also list Ware's address as 1225 Spears Road in Campbellsville.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.