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Franklin County Man Pleads Guilty to Arson

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

A Franklin County man will serve 15 years in a Tennessee prison after pleading guilty to arson and assault charges.

John W. Worley (DOB 7/12/90) pleaded guilty in September to two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault and one (1) count of Arson stemming from an October 23, 2014 incident where Worley attempted to set a fire outside a Winchester, Tenn. residence. The home belonged to Worley’s ex-girlfriend who was inside the house at the time of the fire along with his daughter.

ArsonTennessee Bomb & Arson Section agents assisted Franklin County law enforcement authorities in helping gather evidence needed to secure a conviction in this case.

As punishment, Worley will receive a sentence of five (5) years in a state prison for each count (to be served consecutively). The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office accepted Worley’s guilty plea on September 24, 2015.

“This is another good example of teamwork between our investigators and local law enforcement partners that will help make Tennessee a safer place,” said Gary West, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance.

To report an arson or suspicious fire, call the Arson Hot Line (1-800-762-3017) 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information. Cash awards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction.