Man sentenced for starting Jeffersonville fire

Posted 2/24/20

Press release: Acting Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan K. Galligan announced that Jacques Pluss, 66, of Kenoza Lake, was sentenced to 5 years in prison, to be followed by 5 years of …

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Man sentenced for starting Jeffersonville fire

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Press release: Acting Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan K. Galligan announced that Jacques Pluss, 66, of Kenoza Lake, was sentenced to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of post-release supervision, for starting a fire at the Sunoco Country Store in Jeffersonville.

Pluss pled guilty to Arson in the Second Degree in November, admitting that, on September 29, 2018, he intentionally cut a propane line and set fire to the exterior rear of the store while it was occupied by employees, including his wife. The fire was quickly extinguished by a good samaritan and members of the Jeffersonville Fire Department. Pluss was sentenced last Friday by County Court Judge Michael McGuire, who further entered a money judgment in favor of the store for the damage caused.

Galligan said, “Were it not for the quick action of a good samaritan and members of the Jeffersonville Fire Department, this situation could easily have turned deadly. This defendant endangered people in the store, people passing by, and our dedicated fire and police personnel, and I am pleased that he has been held accountable and responsible for his criminal conduct.” Galligan additionally thanked the Sullivan County Fire Investigators and Sheriff’s Office, including Investigator Fink and Detective Morgan who led the investigation, for their hard work on this case.

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