Titus County Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Laundry Fire

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 3:58pm

TEXARKANA, Texas - A 35-year-old Mount Pleasant, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for arson in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Justin Rodney Glenn pleaded guilty on Dec. 5, 2011, to conspiracy to commit arson and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge David Folsom. Glenn was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $169,517.12.

According to information presented in court, from about Apr. 1, 2008 to June 5, 2008, Glenn conspired with others to burn down commercial buildings in order to submit fraudulent insurance claims and collect insurance proceeds. One such business was the Washtub Laundry, also known as Gary's 24 Hour Wash and Dry, in Mount Pleasant. Glenn recruited and agreed to pay individuals to set fire to the Washtub Laundry, which burned on June 5, 2008. As a result of the fire, Glenn caused a fraudulent insurance claim to be submitted to Certain Underwriters of Lloyds of London resulting in a loss to the company. Glenn was indicted on Aug. 4, 2011 and charged with federal violations.

Glenn was remanded into custody following the sentencing hearing.
This case was investigated by the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson

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