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Salem woman enters plea in Aug. 2012 arson fires


     A Salem woman who was charged with a slew of arson fires in August 2012 recently accepted a plea agreement in which she will pay over $34,000 in restitution. In a recent session of Fulton County Circuit Court, 66-year-old Sharon Danna Maguffee pleaded guilty to arson and reckless burning charges. Maguffe received probation for 120 months on four counts of arson, and 72 months probation on a reckless burning charge.
     On August 15, 2012, the Salem and Camp fire departments spent several hours battling three structure fires and numerous grass and forest fires.
     Fire fighters first responded to a vacant home at 11:30 that morning from a fire that had been intentionally set. Shortly after, fire fighters responded to a fire at a trailer off Moko Road. Then they responded to a large forest fire on Republican Highway. Fire fighters soon gained control of the fires by mid-afternoon only to be called to the scene of a trailer fire off of Byron Road. The fire on Byron Road completely destroyed the trailer and two vehicles.
     The following day, August 16, 2012, a final fire to outbuildings on Highway 9 South was extinguished, and authorities had developed a suspect based on information provided by witnesses. Criminal charges were filed later in the day, and Maguffee, during questioning, admitted to setting the structure and hay fires, according to Area Wide News in Salem.
     Maguffee was released from the Izard County Jail after four days and was sent to a facility in Batesville for mental evaluation. Maguffee was then released on bond and did not re-offend while the charges were pending against her.
     Along with the probation, Maguffee will pay $1,650 in restitution, $1,650 to one property owner, $7,000 to another property owner and $26,094 to a couple who owned the vacant home.

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