Payson Man Gets Five Years For Arson, Trespassing

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A Payson man who set fire to a Little League concession stand in Globe drew a five-year prison term and must pay $83,000 in restitution.

Taylor James Vance-Parker pleaded guilty to felony charges that included trespassing, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, arson and burglary, according to Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp.

Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill accepted the terms of the plea bargain and on Oct. 10 sentenced Vance-Parker to a five-year prison term for setting fire to the Pinal Mountain Little League’s concession stand. Judge Cahill also ordered Vance-Parker to pay $83,042.38 in restitution to Pinal Mountain Little League and perform 360 hours of community service along with various fines and fees. Under the plea agreement Cahill could have sentenced Vance-Parker to four to six years in prison.

In addition, Cahill imposed a one-year prison term for trespassing in an abandoned trailer owned by Payson Trailer Ranch located at 300 W. Bonita in Payson. This prison term would run concurrent to his prison term in the arson case. Cahill also sentenced Vance-Parker to three years of probation upon his release for the charges of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia convictions.

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