Reward offered in woods fire

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Up to $5,000 reward is being offered to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting a woods fire on Henson Road on January 10.

Mississippi Forestry Commission (Law Enforcement Division) Investigator Matt Steed said the woods fire on the Henson property on Henson Road has been determined to be arson. He said the two-acre fire was set on the side of the road.

“Not only is fire dangerous to the house and property but to the firefighters and fire fighting crews,” said Steed.

He added that, “this is not the first incident of arson in that area.”

Any person convicted of arson (willfully firing of woods) can be sentenced up to two years in the state penitentiary, according to Mississippi Code 97-17-13.

“If any person willfully, maliciously, and feloniously sets on fire any woods, meadow, marsh, field or prairie, not his own, he is guilty of a felony and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to the State Penitentiary for not more than two (2) years nor less than one (1) year, or fined not less than Two Hundred Dollars ($ 200.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00), or both, in the discretion of the court,” according to Miss. Code 97-17-13.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission is offering a $2,500 reward along with the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department reward of $2,500 for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting the Henson Road woods fire.

Contact the CCSO with any information or Investigator Matt Steed or Investigator Richie Atkinson at 1-800-240-5161 (arson tip line). All information will be kept confidential.

The Miss. Forestry Commission Law Enforcement Division and the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department are working on this arson as a joint investigation.