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Richard Bumbery (mug shot SCSO)


An October 2013 trial date has been set for a man charged with burning down the business of his former employer two years ago.

Authorities say Richard S. Bumbery, 47, is responsible for the December 2010 blaze at Bolivar Insulation that caused over a million dollars worth of damage to the business near Branson West.

Firefighters dispatched to the blaze at 5:28 a.m. on December 12, 2010, were hampered by brutal winds winds and frigid temperatures as they fought the early morning fire. At one point, the fire was so intense that firefighters were forced to close down part of Highway OO.

Prosecutor Matt Selby says Bumbery allegedly admitted to sparking the blaze and said he wanted to do even more damage to the business.

A tipster led authorities to Bumbery after a call was made to the C.O.M.E.T Drug Task Force. The tipster described in detail how Bumbery allegedly started the fire and told them they would find a tool stolen from the business in the mans living room.

Bumbery was arrested on December 15, 2010, when Stone County deputies, assisted by the Highway Patrol, executed a search warrant at 51 Sparrow Lane in Galena. Charges against Bumbery were dismissed in May of 2011 so investigator's could continue to gather evidence. Arson charges were refiled against Bumbery in June of this year and the case was moved to Lawrence County on a change of venue in September.

If Bumbery, who is now living in Arizona, is convicted of first-degree arson he could face a prison sentence of five to fifteen years.

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