Brownstown man arrested on arson charge

A Jackson County man has been arrested for arson and related charges after he made threats to burn down the building of his former employer, police report.

Marcus Graham, 39, of Brownstown also faces charges of intimidation and two counts of possession of an explosive substance, according to a report from Detective John Long with the Brownstown Police Department.

Graham was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 12:03 a.m. Saturday after an investigation conducted by Long into a report of a person making threats at the Dairy Queen at 115 W. Commerce St.

Long said when he arrived at the restaurant, he was told Graham’s employment had recently been terminated, and Graham had stated he was going to burn the building down.

Upon further investigation, Long said he recovered two Molotov cocktails that had been constructed by Graham.

Graham was being held without bond Sunday pending his initial hearing.

Arson is a Level 4 felony, punishable by two to 12 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

Jackson County officers Jesse Hutchinson and Clint Burcham assisted with the investigation.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.