A Glade Hill man has admitted guilt for his involvement in the break-in of a fire-damaged house in Moneta.
Zachariah Markham, 26, pleaded guilty July 15 in Franklin County Circuit Court to grand larceny and breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny.
On Sept 14, 2018, emergency crews responded to a residential fire at Lakemount Drive in Moneta. The homeowner, Frank Arrington, was found dead at the scene. According to Tracie Cooper, district administrator of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke, Arrington’s cause of death was determined to be inhalation “of combustion products.”
During Markham’s plea hearing, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim Banta said Arrington’s home was boarded up and police caution tape was used to block entry into the structure. Banta said on or about Sept. 17 or Sept. 18, Arrington’s sister and neighbors noticed the caution tape had been removed and the door of the home was ajar. After the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, the house was found to be ransacked and a downstairs sliding glass door appeared to be a point of entry, Banta said.
-For more information, see the July 25 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-