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Isaacs pleads guilty to setting fire in 2017

A Winchester man agreed to serve three years for setting fire to a former roommate’s home after an argument

Timmy Isaacs, 47, pleaded guilty in Clark Circuit Court Thursday to two counts of third-degree arson for setting a fire that damaged two mobile homes.

Police said Isaacs had lived with the victim, Bonnie Spencer, for about six weeks prior to the Dec. 18, 2017, fire on Kiwi Drive. Spencer told police she and Isaacs often argued over the use of her pickup truck.

Firefighters were called to the home around 9:17 a.m. Dec. 18. Spencer and her dog, who were still inside, were rescued by firefighters. Spencer told police she had previously kicked him out of the residence and did not know he was there.

Firefighters said the fire started around the front door of Spencer’s home, and caused major damage to a neighboring home at 527 Kiwi Drive.

Witnesses said Isaacs left the home around 8:50 a.m. in the pickup truck, and returned while firefighters were still on scene. Detectives found a partially-filled gasoline can in the bed of the truck. An accelerant-detecting K9 unit also alerted to the presence of accelerants on Isaacs’ pants and shoes, along with the driver seat of the truck.

Isaacs was facing two counts of first-degree arson. The charges were reduced as part of the plea agreement. He was also ordered to pay restitution.

Isaacs is scheduled to be sentenced May 14.

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