Osbourn to serve seven years for attempted arson guilty plea

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 31, 2018

One of three men involved in the attempted arson of a home located in the 3000 block of Highway 43 has been sentenced to serve seven years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Don Osbourn pleaded guilty to the charge against him Tuesday in the 15th Circuit Court. He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Anthony Mozingo to 20 years with seven to serve.

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Fifteenth District Attorney Hal Kittrell said the two co-defendants, Mikel Randall Milling and Joseph Allen Gilley, also pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted arson for their part in the crime.

Kittrell said Milling and Gilley will be sentenced on June 7.

The case involved law enforcement utilizing a tip that someone was conspiring to set the home on fire to set up a team to catch the perpetrator in the act, previous coverage states. The team consisted of Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department investigators, along with representatives from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Lamar County SWAT Team.

On Oct. 11 of last year the team set up a surveillance operation at the home where the arson was to occur. During that operation, the team observed Milling prepare to pour a flammable liquid into the attic from the roof before setting the home on fire.  He was arrested before he could complete that task, previous coverage states.

Additional investigation into the case determined that Osbourn and Gilley were involved in the plot.