"Guilty, but mentally ill" Jury convicts man for setting fire to Bridgeton Bridge

A verdict has been reached in the trial of a man that was charged with setting fire to a Parke County covered bridge.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 4:13 PM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 6:40 PM

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A Parke County man faces several years in prison for the burning of a historic bridge more than a decade ago.

Scroll for more content...

On Friday, a jury found Jesse Payne guilty, but mentally ill on three arson charges.

The jury also delivered a guilty verdict on a habitual offender charge.

This verdict means a judge will sentence Payne, but the Indiana Department of Corrections will evaluate his mental state.

Payne was previously found not fit to stand trial, which led to the long delay.

One of the arson counts comes from the Bridgeton Covered Bridge fire in 2005.

Police believe he planned to burn down the Mansfield Bridge the same night.

In all, Payne faces 90 years in prison.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 60°
Robinson
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 62°
Zionsville
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 57°
Rockville
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 60°
Casey
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 60°
Brazil
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 59°
Marshall
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 60°
Clouds moving in, warm air stays.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events