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Man sentenced in McGovern's pub arson case

Codi Daugherty pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in October. Monday, he was given a determinate sentence of no less than 6 years at the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

Three people were accused in taking part in a fire at McGovern's Pub last February.

On Monday, one of them was sentenced.

Codi Daugherty pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in October. Monday, he was given a determinate sentence of no less than 6 years at the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

Prosecutor Rhonda Wade said the last year had been full of blunders by Daugherty, including admitting the use of methamphetamine.

“We have evidence, currently, that he's been using drugs on bond and while on probation out of the state of Ohio. He has not been cooperative for the last year,” she said.

He had also broken his co-defendant, Kayla McCloud's bond condition, which stated she would not be around him.

The two were found together on a few occasions.

When asked if Daugherty had anything to say before sentencing, he made a short statement:

“I'm sorry, I made a mistake, I wasn't thinking clear. I let a bad half get to me on that one. I'm sorry.”

But Judge Jeffrey Cramer believed Daugherty's actions last February, including opening natural gas and propane tank valves, was disturbing enough to hand down that determinate 6-year sentence.

“I can't imagine or calculate the number of persons he put in danger when he did that: The first responders, the citizens around that area.

As for the two others accused in this case, one -- Michael McGovern, will be in court for a sentencing next Tuesday.

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