One of two people accused in a March 2019 residential burglary and arson case has accepted a plea deal and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, while the other suspect still awaits trial.
According to Jasper County District Attorney Anne Pickle, 40-year-old Michael Wade Foy, Jr. has entered a guilty plea on charges of burglary with intent to commit arson and burglary of a habitation. Pickle said Foy received 25 years on the first charge and 18 on the second, and the sentences will run concurrently. According to Pickle, he will not become eligible for parole until he has served at least a quarter of his time.
Meanwhile, Foy's alleged accomplice, Shalana Kay Gray, also 40, is still under Grand Jury indictment on one count of burglary of a habitation, one count of burglary of a building, and one count of possession of a controlled substance - specifically methamphetamine.
Foy and Gray, both of whom are Jasper residents, were arrested after a very early morning fire destroyed a home on Garland Smith Road. Sheriff Mitchel Newman said firefighters and deputies became suspicious when it was discovered that a vehicle on the property, which was far away from the home, had partially burned and it was obvious that it had been intentionally set on fire.
Newman said the next day when investigators were on the scene, Foy and Gray showed up, and it was discovered that items which had been taken from the home were discovered in their vehicle.
The subsequent investigation quickly lead to their arrest.